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Iran test-fires 2 missiles to Indian Ocean- commander

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 9, IRNA -- Iran has successfully test-fired two missiles into the mouth of the Indian Ocean about five months ago, IRGC Aerospace Division Commander Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said Saturday.

Hajizadeh told a press conference on the Great Prophet Military Exercises 6 which began on June 27, that the missiles have successfully hit the pre-meditated targets.

He said that the missiles drove 1,900 km to reach the mouth of Indian Occean from Semnan province, northeastern Iran.

Elaborating on the modern missile systems and their launch pads, Hajizadeh said that the modern missile have underground launch pads in the form of reinforced silos with shuttle roofs.

The commander said that the launch pads are built all around the country to enable the armed forces to launch the missiles -- Shahab, Sejjil and Qiyam -- whenever necessary.

The commander said that the maneuver carried a message of peace and friendship, but no threat, a reference to Iran's deterrent defense strategy.

'We won't start war, but if they want to take any measures against the Islamic Republic, we will respond to the enemy very strongly,' Hajizadeh said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30468890

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