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Iran Test Fires Advanced Naval Missile

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New York Times – LONDON — Iran announced on Monday that it had successfully test fired a cruise missile during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz that have heightened tensions in a diplomatic standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

The state news agency IRNA said the missile test was carried out on Monday, the final day of 10 days of maneuvers near the strait, the vital oil-exporting waterway. IRNA quoted Adm. Mahmoud Mousavi, a spokesman for the exercises, as saying the surface-to-sea missile, known as the Qader, struck its targets with precision and destroyed them.

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