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Iran Tests Sea-Launched Missile


Iran says it has test-fired a new missile during a six-day naval maneuver in the Sea of Oman.

Iran's state radio said Sunday that military officials launched a mid-range missile from a battleship late Saturday in the waters near the Iran-Pakistan border.

Iran announced the beginning of naval exercises last week.

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons and testing new missiles as part of a nuclear program.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and says it will not abandon its effort to develop nuclear technology.

On Saturday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that the world has not "moved one inch" toward addressing Tehran's nuclear issues.

ElBaradei said the use of sanctions has helped to harden Iran's position. He also says Iranians who dislike the current leadership are supporting the regime because they feel their country is "under siege."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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