Iran Warns US Carrier from Returning to Gulf

Reuters03.01.2012 Iran
Iran Warns US Carrier from Returning to Gulf

Iran Warns US Carrier from Returning to Gulf

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Major General Ataollah Salehi, Commander of Iran's Army told the United States that a US aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises should not return to the Gulf, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

Salehi said Iran would take action if the aircraft carrier returned to the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"....the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once," Fars quoted Salehi as saying.

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Vadim Koval said Tuesday that Iran has no long-range missiles.

It was Moscow’s first response to the series of tests conducted by Tehran near the vital Strait of Hormuz oil supply route.

“Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate or long-range inter-continental ballistic missiles,” Koval told the Interfax news agency.

“And it will not get such missiles any time soon,” he added.


Source: Reuters; Fars; Interfax



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