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Iran test-fires medium-range surface-to-air missile media

RIA Novosti

12:46 01/01/2012

MOSCOW, January 1 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian military has successfully conducted a medium-range surface-to-air missile test on Sunday, IRNA news agency reported.

"This medium-range surface-to-air missile is equipped with the latest technology to combat radar-evading targets and intelligent systems which try to disrupt missile navigation," IRNA reported, quoting Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi.

The test was conducted during navy war games which take place near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iran has been holding naval exercises in the area since December 24 and are to continue for 10 days.

The West, led by the United States, suspects Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, but the Islamic Republic insists it needs nuclear power only for civilian purposes. Iran is already the subject of a wide range of international sanctions.

On December 1 foreign ministers of the European Union blacklisted an additional 179 Iranian officials and institutions linked to the government over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

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