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Iran's navy drills continue

12-29-2011 15:18 BJT

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Iran continued large-scale drills in the Persian Gulf and international waters on Wednesday amid warning calls by some officials that indicate Iran could seal off the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The exercises is Iran's latest show of military strength in the face of mounting international criticism over its controversial nuclear program.

The navy drill began on Saturday. It could bring Iranian ships into proximity with US Navy vessels that operate in the region.

Earlier, Iran's vice president warned that his country was ready to close the vital waterway through which a sixth of the world's oil flows - if Western nations impose sanctions on its oil shipments.

And Iranian Navy Chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, added that Iran's Navy will block the strait if necessary.

Soldiers attend Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec.
28, 2011. The Iranian Navy launched 10-day massive naval exercises in the international
waters on Saturday. The naval drills, dubbed Velayat 90, cover an area of 2,000 km
stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
(Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

Soldiers attend Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec.
28, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

A soldier attends Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec.
28, 2011.  (Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

Soldiers are seen on a military speed boat during Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90
on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

Soldiers attend Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec.
28, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

Soldiers attend Iranian naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 on the Sea of Oman, Iran, Dec.
28, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer/Ali Mohammadi)

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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