Iran has test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile in a naval drill, after the country threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.
The missile, called “Ghader,” or “Capable” in Arabic, was test-fired on Monday, according to Iranian State TV.
An earlier version of the same cruise missile had a range of 124 miles (200 kilometres) and could travel at low altitudes.
The official IRNA news agency has said the missile “successfully hit its intended target” during the exercise.
Iran has warned the United States it will take action if an American warship returns to the Persian Gulf.
It left the area when Iran started its 10-day naval war games, during which they successfully test-fired a number of different missiles.
But Russia’s defence ministry says that despite the latest military exercise, the Iranians don’t have the technology to make intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Meanwhile France is pushing for stricter sanctions as it says it’s sure Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.
It’s urged EU countries to follow the U.S. in freezing Iranian central bank assets and imposing an embargo on oil exports.
Tehran has been threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz – one of the world’s most important oil routes – if the West stepped up sanctions.
RT talks to James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report website.