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The Iranian navy has completed a test-fire of short and long-range missiles strikes from the coastline and from war vessels in the Gulf, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. They claimed the weapons hit their intended target with “great precision” and have a range of up to 173 miles (280km).
Terrifying pictures and video footage show a missile launching from on-land and on-sea vehicles and hitting its target in the Indian Ocean.
Iran’s missiles are seen destroying ships and planes in the sky as they show off their military might in the contested Gulf of Oman.
Tasnim news agency reported: “During the exercises, short-range and long-range coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles were successfully fired from the coast and from decks of ships, hitting their targets with great precision.”
Back in April, Iran boasted it had increased the range of its naval missiles by 435 miles (700km).
The move comes after tensions between the US and Iran have intensified.
Under the Trump administration, Washington has been seeking an extension of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo against Tehran.
The restraint against Iran is due to expire in October under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal which the US withdrew from.
The landmark nuclear deal had restricted Iran’s nuclear weapons capability in return for sanctions relief.
Mr Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018 and has since introduced sanctions on Iranian oil exports which has crippled the economy.
US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, has called on the UN embargo to be extended indefinitely.
Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, he said: “We think the right policy is to have an arms embargo in place that doesn’t have a definite date fixed.”
The US and Iran were on the brink of triggering a war in January after US forces killed Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani during a missile attack in Iraq.
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General Soleimani was travelling through Baghdad, when his two-vehicle convey was struck by three US missiles on January 3.
Four days after the attack, Tehran retaliated and launched a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops.
At the weekend Iranian officials weighed-in on the upcoming US elections in November.
Earlier this week, reports claimed Iran could be planning to defy Mr Trump’s warning by shipping two to three cargoes in regular gasoline exports to Venezuela.
The transactions would help clear out domestic surplus but it could also mean Mr Trump would take reprisal as he has sanctions on both countries.
Since April, Iran has shipped five tankers of about 1.5 million barrels to Venezuela’s government.
However, the country’s lack of fuel meant the demand was still not being met.
The Trump administration intends to halt Iran’s energy transactions and oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
It has threatened action and cautioned ports, shipping firms and insurers not to aid the trade.
Iran revealed is was self-sufficient last year with the third stage of its newly-built 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) Persian Gulf Star refinery in the port of Bandar Abbas.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has slashed demand to almost 450,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2020 from about 650,000 last year, according to energy consultancy FGE.
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