By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran -
Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests, beginning Sunday its first since the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state-run television said.
"The elite Revolutionary Guards plans to begin a three-day missile maneuver on Sunday near Garmsar city," said the broadcast. The city is located in northern Iran on the edge of Kavir desert, about 60 miles southeast of Tehran.
"Zalzal and Fajr-5 missiles will be test fired in the war game," the television quoted an unnamed commander of the guards, as saying. Both are considered short-range missiles.
Iran conducted three large-scale military exercises last year as tensions with the West and the United States rose.
Israel, in military maneuvers that it said were aimed at putting a stop to the role of world powers in the Persian Gulf region.
Washington has accused Iran of backing militants fueling
Iraq's violence and has tried to rally its Arab allies in isolating Tehran.
While the Zalzal is a solid fuel missile, the Fajr-5 missile, from the Persian word meaning dawn, is an artillery rocket developed by Iran in early 2006. It includes a mobile platform and its primary role is to engage land targets, with a range of 50 miles.
Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/iran-plans-3-days-of-missile-war-games.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.