Ghadir submarine successfully launches cruise missile

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"On the third day of the. exercises, a Ghadir-class Iranian navy submarine successfully launched a cruise missile", official news agency IRNA reported.

In August Washington said Iran had test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the strait during naval drills it believed were intended as a warning after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

He also indicated that he supported the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions on Iran, calling sanctions "effective".

Tensions have risen since the United States withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers previous year and restored wide-ranging sanctions.

The Velayat war games were one of several annual demonstrations of power held by Iran, which has increasingly sought to demonstrate its military might as relations with the USA and its regional allies deteriorate. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi commander of the Iranian Navy, said the manoeuvres began yesterday on Thursday, February 21, and will go on until next week on March 1.

Iran has expanded its missile programme, particularly its ballistic missiles.

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In comments on Sunday, IRGC aerospace commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said "they tried as best as they could to sabotage a small part which we import so that our missiles would not reach their target and explode mid-air".

It said there was no way to gauge success of the United States programme, but cited two recent Iranian rocket failures, one on January 15, and a second unacknowledged one Feb 5, and a 67 percent failure rates over 11 years, compared to a five percent orbital launch failure rate worldwide.

The country has also displayed a new cruise surface-to-surface missile with a range of 800 miles earlier this month during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

In December, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf, ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the strategic waterway.

Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles. On Saturday, Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles.

In the Channel 2 report, Rastegari said that Iran will unveil a new water-jet motor technology, which is one of the technologies that has sanctions applied to it, in late February.