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Iran concludes 3-day military drill

07-06-2012 00:13 BJT

Iran has concluded a three-day military drill. The country in particular showcased its missiles - which are able to reach US military bases throughout the Middle East as well as Israel. Iran says the drill was aimed at demonstrating the country’s political will.

Iran tested a variety of missiles during the three day military drill dubbed "Great Prophet 7". The missiles can reach Israel and southern Europe - including US bases in the region.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Head of Rev. Guard Aerospace Division, said, "We employed various types of long, medium and short-range missiles in the drill. The range of some of the missiles was as far as 2,000 kilometers, but we did not go further than around 1300 kilometers because of the location we chose for the drill. Although the missiles were different in type and range, their targets were almost all the same."

Both Isreal and the US have previously hinted at the military option as a last resort if Iran fails to halt its nuclear program. Iran says the drills were a response to Israel and Washington’s refusal to rule this option out. It says it would destroy U.S. military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes if it's attacked.

General Hossein Salami, Deputy Commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, said, "The main goal of this war game is to demonstrate the political will of the Muslim nation of Iran to the world in defending its vital values and national interests in a symbolic way by firing missiles."

The Islamic Republic announced the missile exercise after a European embargo against Iranian crude oil purchases took full effect. Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear weapons, and maintains a right to conduct a peaceful nuclear program. It says that it hopes nuclear power will help it generate more energy for a growing population.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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