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Iran Tests Underwater Missile

April 03, 2006|From Reuters

TEHRAN — Iran has test-fired a sonar-evading underwater missile that can outpace any enemy warship, a senior naval commander told state television Sunday.

Western nations have been watching developments in Iran's missile capabilities with concern amid a standoff over the Iranian nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building atomic weapons.

Iran has a commanding position over the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, through which 40% of the world's oil exports flow.

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said that to his knowledge, the weapon could not carry a nuclear warhead.

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