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Iran Fires Missiles at Sea Near Strait of Hormuz


In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Mehr News Agency, Iranian revolutionary Guards personnel, foreground, watch the launch of a Zelzal missile during military maneuvers outside the city of Qom, Iran, June 28, 2011

In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Mehr News Agency, Iranian revolutionary Guards personnel, foreground, watch the launch of a Zelzal missile during military maneuvers outside the city of Qom, Iran, June 28, 2011

Iran announced Wednesday it had successfully test-fired several anti-ship missiles at sea as part of a 10-day military exercise that began last week.

State news reports say the country's elite Revolutionary Guards fired two missiles capable of hitting targets at a distance of 300 kilometers and a third "land-to-sea" missile with a range of up to 200 kilometers.

The reports say the tests took place on Wednesday near the port city of Bandar Jask in an area close to the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran says the military exercises, which ended Wednesday, were designed to preserve the country's "readiness against enemy strikes."

The United States and other Western nations suspect Iran is planning to build nuclear warheads for its missiles. Iran says its missiles are conventional and designed for the nation's protection.

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

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