Iran has upped the ante again by successfully testing medium range surface-to-air missiles in the Persian Gulf. Below is a brief report from the BBC about these latest events:
In the second video from SUN TV, David Harris discusses the ramifications of Iranian policy, especially concerning the possible closure of the Strait of Hormuz:
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading these videos.
The Guardian has this report:
Iran Reports Successful Medium-Range Missile Test
Ground-to-air naval test firing follows previous day’s claim of nuclear fuel breakthrough
Iran has claimed to have successfully tested a new medium-range ground to air missile during naval exercises in the Gulf, amid rising tensions over the country’s nuclear programme.
State news agency Irna on Sunday quoted Iran’s naval commander, Mahmoud Mousavi, as saying the missile was equipped with the latest technology and intelligent systems. The missile test was made during 10 days of naval exercises to the east of the Straits of Hormuz, the narrowest section of the Gulf, which Iran has threatened to close in the event of western sanctions on its oil exports.
The exercises come a few weeks before EU foreign ministers meet to consider further sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo against Tehran, after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report in November confirmed western allegations that Iran had worked on nuclear weapons designs, at least until 2003, and may have carried out experiments more recently.
Amid constant speculation that Israel or the US could use air strikes against Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran has attempted to buy long-range surface to air missiles from Russia. After Moscow cancelled the deal to sell its S-300 missiles last year, Tehran said it would develop its own as an independent deterrent against attack. Sunday’s announcement appeared designed to show it was making progress.
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.