More missiles have been test-fired by Iran’s military in the Gulf, on the third day of its war games, reported state TV on its website.
Tensions between Iran and the West have grown with Thursday’s tests, that included the firing of shore-to-sea, surface-to-surface and sea-to-air missiles. Warnings have been issued on both sides to the other.
The country would “set on fire” Israel and the US navy in the Gulf as its first response to any American attack over its nuclear programme, said an aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, on Tuesday, the first day of war games.
Also included in the war games according to state TV, the firing of a torpedo that Iran unveiled in 2006, and had described as a super-fast weapon capable of hitting enemy submarines.
More “longer and medium range missiles were fired” in night-time exercises, it said.
‘Get on the right side’
A day before the latest tests, Tehran test-fired nine missiles, including a new version of the long range Shahab-3 missile, that put Israel within Iranian striking range.
Wednesday’s tests have been condemned by the US and held Tehran responsible for rising tensions in the region.
The US has enhanced its security presence in the Gulf and would not hesitate to defend itself or allies in the region, said Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, on Thursday.
It is time for Iran to “get on the right side of the international community. It ought to be talking about that, not about threats against America or threats against America’s allies because frankly it’s not going to do them any good”, she added.
Though Iran vehemently denies it by saying that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, the country has been accused by the US of covertly seeking to develop nuclear weapons.