Iran Shows Off ‘High Destruction’ Speed Boats in War Games


 

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards launched a new “ultra-fast” boat capable of causing severe destruction after testing it during a three-day military drill.

 

Published: 6:10PM BST 22 Apr 2010

Iran shows off 'high destruction' speed boats in war games  

An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game Photo: REUTERS

 

Ali Reza Tangsiri, spokesman for the exercise. “Since the boat has high speed, it is less detectable by radar.”

Ali Shirazi, a senior aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described the naval exercises as a specific response to Washington’s “nuclear threats.”

He said: “The most important message from the exercises in the face of American nuclear threats is that we will strongly resist them.”

The new vessel was tested in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow, strategically important waterway between the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Nearly 40 percent of world’s seaborne oil shipments pass through this waterway.

Mr Tangsiri said that keeping the Strait of Hormuz open and guaranteeing its security was a priority for Iran.

“The Strait of Hormuz belongs to the region and foreigners must not intervene in it. We want to keep it safe and secure.”

In its new nuclear policy, the United States has pointedly declined to rule out the use of nuclear arms against Iran and North Korea in the event of a conflict.

Yesteday, Ayatollah Khamenei took another swipe at US President Barack Obama’s “nuclear threat,” which he called “a black spot in that government’s record.”

Iranian military officials have previously warned that if their country were attacked, their forces would hit back by blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

The military exercise also marked the 31st anniversary of the Guards, which were set up soon after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

The Guards were created by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to defend the Islamic republic from internal and external threats.

They are one of Iran’s most powerful institutions and under direct command of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded Khomeini as the nation’s supreme leader.

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