Fars News Agency
April 24, 2010

The massive wargames conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Persian Gulf showed that any enemy threats against the country will be reciprocated by Iran’s powerful response, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday.

“The world received this message from the IRGC’s wargames in the Persian Gulf that the Islamic Republic of Iran is always ready to defend the Revolution and is fully prepared to confront enemies in times of attack and aggression against our country,” Vice-President for Parliamentary Affairs Hojjatoleslam Seyed Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajjeddini said in an interview with FNA.

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The official stressed that the recent military drills also showed that any enemy threat against the country will receive Iran’s crushing response.

Mir-Tajjeddini further stated that the IRGC exercises also demonstrated Iran’s military and defensive might and power.

The IRGC started massive naval exercises, codenamed as Payambar-e Azam (The Great Messenger) 5, in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

Tens of ground, air and naval units of the IRGC participated in the exercises which are aimed at preserving security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

The Strait of Hormuz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route. An estimated 40 percent of the world’s oil supply passes through the waterway.

A wide range of home-made missiles were test fired during the wargames which, experts say, showed the IRGC’s power for naval combats.

Various kinds of short-range missiles were also fired during the military maneuvers which will see its fourth and last stage tomorrow.

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