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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. It is reported the weapons hit their intended target with “great precision” and have a range of up to 173 miles (280km).
The military drill was conducted in the Gulf of Oman, which lies next to the contested Strait of Hormuz.
Tasmin news agency reports: “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.”
In April, Iran boasted it had increased the range of its naval missiles to 435miles (700 km).
The exercise comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the US over military weapons and nuclear activity.
Washington is currently 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.
US President Donald 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.”
Relations between Iran and the US have been strained throughout Mr Trump’s presidency and the two nations 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.
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.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he believed Mr Trump had a good chance of beating his Democrat rival Joe Biden.
Mr Zarif said: “The biggest mistake in human sciences is to predict, especially in fluid and grave conditions.
“But allow me to venture a prediction that Mr Trump’s re-election chances are still more that 50 percent.”
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Later on in the interview on Instagram with Iranian journalist Farid Modarres, Mr Zarif issues a warning to Mr Trump and stated his support had slipped in the past months but insisted his core-base of supporters could see him win a second term in the White House.
He added: “Of course his chances have seriously decreased compared to four to five months ago.”
“But Mr Trump has a 30-35 percent base that has not moved and, as long as this base does not move, there is still a chance of his re-election.”
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