May 6, 2010
Iran began new naval war games in the Gulf on Thursday to show the Islamic state’s “power to defend” itself against any attack, state television reported.
It was the second such display of military might in less than a month.
The maneuvers by Iran’s regular navy, due to last eight days in the waterway crucial for global oil supplies, coincided with rising tension in Tehran’s long-running nuclear dispute with Western powers.
The United States is lobbying U.N. Security Council members to back a fourth round of sanctions on Iran, to press it into curbing sensitive atomic work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs. Iran denies the charge.
The United States and Israel, Iran’s arch foes, have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the row.