Iran begins war games in Gulf, Strait of Hormuz

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Thursday started large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported.

Iran begins war games in Gulf, Strait of Hormuz

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Thursday started large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported.

Iran has been holding military maneuvers in the gulf and the Strait of Hormuz annually since 2006 to show off its military capabilities. The last four editions of the games were held in the summer, but there has been no official explanation why they were brought forward this year.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said U.S. military attack against Iran remained an "option" even as Washington pursues diplomacy and sanctions to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities.

Iran has in the past signaled that it would close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked by the West. Some 40 percent of the world's oil and energy supplies pass through the narrow waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

The television said naval, air and ground units from the Guard were participating in the three-day games codenamed "The Great Prophet." It said the war games will witness the commissioning of what it described as an "ultra-speed" vessel called "Ya Mahdi" and a total of 313 speedboats with the capability of firing rockets and missiles also would participate.

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said "new weapons" would be test-fired in the war games, but did not give any details.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Wednesday that the U.S. nuclear threat is a "Stigma in the U.S. political history," saying Iranians will not allow the U.S to dominate the country.


Agencies

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