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Iran Begins Major Military Exercise

VOA News 22 April 2010

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have started three days of war games in the Persian Gulf and a strait crucial to world oil supplies.

Naval units of the Guards showed off a new remote-controlled boat they say is capable of evading radar. Iran says in all, more than 300 speedboats carrying rockets and missiles are taking part in the maneuvers that began Thursday.

Nearly 40 percent of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Iran says it will close the strait if attacked.

The war games come at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West, which suspects Tehran of secretly trying to build a nuclear weapon. Iran has denied the charge.

U.S. defense officials say military action against Iran remains an option even as Washington looks to diplomacy and sanctions to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions.

IRIB/Al-Alam video of Iran war games in Persian Gulf

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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