Iran holds nuclear defence exercise

2012-02-20 20:02

Tehran - Iran on Monday began a four-day military exercise aimed at improving defence mechanisms at its nuclear sites, the official news agency Irna reported.

The exercises were being held over large areas of southern Iran and were meant as preparation for a probable military strike, said a military statement carried by Irna. No further details were given.

Iran has recently increased military exercises as international tensions grow over its alleged nuclear weapons programme, with Israel saying they have not ruled out military strikes.

Iranian leaders say their Shahab missiles have a range of 2 000km, meaning they could reach any part of Israel.

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