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DUBAI — Iran unveiled new missile and artillery systems on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on the second day of large-scale military exercises which officials said were aimed at sending a warning to those threatening the Islamic Republic.
Played out against a backdrop of high tension between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program, the “Velayat 4” manoeuvres across a vast swathe of the eastern half of the country have focused on air defences in what state television is calling the biggest-ever air drills the nation has ever held.
Israel has threatened to strike Iran’s nuclear sites if diplomacy and Western sanctions fail to stop the country’s atomic program, which the United States and its allies believe is aimed at developing an atomic bomb, a charge Tehran denies.
The three domestically built missile and artillery systems would be a significant boost to Iran’s military defences, said Farzad Esmaili, head…
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