Iran claims US sabotage of missile program used to its ‘benefit’

Al Monitor – On the third day of military drills, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s navy successfully launched a cruise missile from a submarine in the Persian Gulf.

The drill was part of a weeklong military drill named Velayat 97, after the current Iranian calendar year 1397 (ending March 20, 2019). The exercise took place in the Strait of Hormuz, an important strait between the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in which a large percentage of the world’s oil passes through — a point Iranian officials periodically remind the world when responding to attempts to embargo Iranian oil.

Iran’s state TV, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, broadcast video of the green Ghadir-class submarine — designed specifically for shallow waters — launching a missile from underneath the water. The destination of the missile was not shown. According to media reports, other Iranian submarines such as the Taregh and the Fateh also have the capacity to launch cruise missiles.

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