Hosseini calls Iran's missile tests normal military drill

TEHRAN, July 11 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Thursday Iran’s military maneuvers are normal exercises meant to increase Iran’s defense capabilities against possible threats.

Iran on Wednesday test-fired nine long- and middle-range ground to ground missiles in response to a resent military maneuver staged by Israel, simulating a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


Washington has insisted that Iran’s defense facilities pose a threat to the Middle East security. The Islamic Republic, however, says it is developing close relations with regional countries and cites Israel’s nuclear arsenals as the real threat to the region.


The United States said that there should be no more such tests if Iran wanted the world’s trust. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on a visit to Georgia that no one should doubt Washington's commitment to protect its allies.


"We are also sending a message to Iran that we will defend American interests and ... the interests of our allies," she said.


Hosseini slammed Western allegations against Iran’s military exercises as “biased and opportunistic”.


“Unilateral speculations and opportunistic and biased interpretations of Iran’s defense capabilities are in line with the Western efforts to lobby support for the Zionist regime.”


He accused the United States and its allies of “turning a blind eye to the real threats against the region’s security posed by the Zionist regime’s repeated military parades”.


The spokesman said crafty efforts to jeopardize Iran’s friendly relations with its neighbors will yield no results.





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