Tehran: There seems to be no easing of row between Iran and US. Whenever the matters seem to be moving towards reconciliation some act by either sides spoils the beans. Today Iran’s navy has test-fired the latest versions of the Nasr and Dehlaviyeh missiles during military exercises in the Gulf, local media reported on Monday.
“The latest naval cruise missile called Nasr was test-fired during Velayat 95 naval manoeuvres in the southern waters of the country,” said Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan, according to the Fars news agency, adding that the missile had successfully hit its target.
Tasnim news agency said the Dehlaviyeh, a laser-guided missile, had also been successfully tested.
It was reported back in 2012 that Iran had based the Dehlaviyeh on a Russian anti-tank missile.
The ranges of the latest versions were not given.
On February 4th also, Iran held a military drill to test its missile and radar systems, just a day after US President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Tehran for a recent ballistic missile test.
The US sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities related to Iran’s missile programme and Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn said the United States was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilising activity”.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards website had said that the aim of the military exercise in Semnan province was to “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions.”