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Iran sets up new base near disputed islands

11-05-2012 00:09 BJT

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Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards have inaugurated a new naval base to reinforce Tehran’s authority over three Persian Gulf islands, which are also claimed by the neighbouring United Arab Emirates.

The base, some 1,100 kilometers south of Tehran, is the Guards’ fifth in the Gulf. The Guards’ navy chief Gen. Ali Fadavi said missile and marine units have been deployed there.

It lies north of the Iranian-controlled islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb that dominate the approach to the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is a key waterway through which about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes.

During the inauguration of the base, the Guards’ chief Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari expressed the hope that the new base could support the economic development of the islands.

Tehran says the islands have been part of states that existed on the Iranian mainland from antiquity until the British occupied them in the early 20th century.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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