By LEE FERRAN, ABC News
The Iranian military has launched a barrage of missiles at “mock enemy bases” as part of a major war games exercise aimed at dissuading any potential outsider attack, the nation’s state-run media reported today.
During what is called “The Great Prophet 7” drills, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “targeted and destroyed hypothetical bases of ultra-regional forces set up in desert areas,” according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency. The reports did not identify the “ultra-regional forces” but alluded to the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Iran and the U.S., which has several major military installations in the region.
“The main aim of this drill was to demonstrate the Iranian nation’s political resolve to defend [its] vital values and national interests,” IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said, according to another state-run news outlet, Press TV. Press TV paraphrased Salami’s description of the drills as a “firm response to those who threaten Iran with the option of military action.”
The United States and Israel have for years been locked in a struggle with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program and the leaders of both the Israeli and American governments have said that any option — including military action — was “on the table” should it become clear Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Iranian officials have denied the nation seeks nuclear weapons and said Iran is only enriching uranium for domestic nuclear power purposes.
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