Iran showcases first submarine cruise missile as part of Gulf war games

Iran showcases first submarine cruise missile as part of Gulf war games

The United States pulled out of an global agreement on Iran's nuclear programme in May and reimposed harsh sanctions on Tehran.

More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean.

Also on Sunday, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, General Amirali Hajizadeh said that enemies of Iran have failed to sabotage the country's missile program.

Iranian media said the missile was an upgraded version of the Nasr-1 missile the country had showcased in 2008.

Iran reined in most of its nuclear programme under a landmark 2015 deal with major powers in return for sanctions relief, but has continued to develop its ballistic missile technology that was not covered by the agreement.

He also indicated that he supported the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions on Iran, calling sanctions "effective". On top of this, Iran maintains close ties to various regional militias, including the Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, which commands its own extensive array of missiles, as do Tehran's other allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, though Iranian officials have denied directly supplying these groups.

"They tried as best as they could to sabotage a small part which we import so that our missiles would not reach their target and explode mid-air", Fars news agency reported, quoting the Guards' aerospace commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

In December, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf, ending a long absence of United States aircraft carriers in the strategic waterway.

It said there was no way to gauge success of the U.S. programme, but cited two recent Iranian rocket failures, one on January 15, and a second unacknowledged one Feb 5, and a 67 percent failure rates over 11 years, compared to a five percent orbital launch failure rate worldwide. On Saturday, Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles.

Iran's military personnel have said the exercise is for defensive purposes only.

It did not specify the missile's range.

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