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Iran stages military drill in eastern border

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-02157

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) ground forces launched military drill in eastern border.

Mohammad Pakpour, commander of IRGC ground forces, said the drill dubbed "Martyrs of Unity" near Khvat, 60 km (40 miles) from Afghanistan, aims at boosting security along the Iranian borders.

Iran started a 10-day naval exercise in Persian Gulf on September 24 which ended last Monday.

Pakpour added the major phase of the drill which began on Saturday starts Monday and that the military maneuver seeks strengthening the Islamic Republic of Iran's border security, boosting readiness of the IRGC ground forces and practicing tactical strategies in bad weather.

He added the exercise also presents capabilities and innovations of the IRGC ground forces in tactic and equipment aspects.

Iran has made important breakthroughs in defense and nuclear domains over recent years despite sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council over its refusal to abandon peaceful uranium enrichment.

Also the U.S. and the EU have imposed unilateral sanctions against Iran. Iran insists that as a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) member state has the right to employ nuclear technology for peaceful purposes including power generation and medical needs.

However, the West accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms, Tehran denies the allegation.

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