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Iran launches air drill as 'warning' to enemies
by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) Nov 12, 2012


Iran denies clean-up of suspect military base
Tehran (AFP) Nov 12, 2012 - Iran on Monday denied it is sanitising a suspect military base where the UN atomic watchdog wants to probe evidence of possible weapons research.

"Clean-up of such places is not possible," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told AFP.

His remarks came a day after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said in Baghdad possible efforts to dismantle traces of possible weapons research at the Parchin site near Tehran were "ongoing."

"Yes, the activities at Parchin are ongoing, but I am not in a position to discuss the details today," Amano told reporters.

Salehi rejected the remarks.

"These words have no technical basis -- if he has actually made such remarks," Salehi said.

Western nations have accused Iran of removing evidence of past suspected weapons research activities at Parchin.

The IAEA wants Iran to grant access to the site, which it visited twice in 2005 but wants to examine again.

Iranian officials have previously emphasised that Parchin is an off-limits military base and that the IAEA's focus on it is overblown and based on "false" Western intelligence.

Since the summer, some buildings at the base have been covered in massive tarpaulins to prevent surveillance by Western satellites.

Western and other governments suspect Iran has been trying to develop a nuclear weapons break-out capability. Tehran denies any such ambition, insisting its nuclear programme is exclusively for power generation and medical purposes.

Iran on Monday launched an air defence exercise a general said was aimed at optimising its deterrent capabilities as well as sending a "strong warning" to those threatening it with military strikes.

The start of the manoeuvres, originally scheduled for early October but postponed without an official explanation, was announced on the website of the Revolutionary Guards, sepahnews.com.

They drill comes against a backdrop of growing tension in Gulf, but appears unconnected to an incident last week when two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US drone.

Some 8,000 troops drawn from the ranks of the Guards, the army and the Basij militia are participating in the drill, which will span four days and cover an area stretching 850,000 square kilometres (328,000 square miles) in Iran's eastern regions, according to media reports.

Various missile and artillery systems as well as fighter jets and bombers will be used in the exercise, they said.

The units will also test "fixed, mobile and tactical radar devices and tactical and airborne electronic surveillance systems," according to Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, head of the Guards' air defence command.

Iran frequently conducts missile tests and manoeuvres to underline its military muscle should it come under external threat.

Such exercises have multiplied in recent years amid growing tensions with the West and Israeli threats of possible air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"For those who are thinking of aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the exercise should be seen as a strong warning," drills spokesman Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram told Iran's English-language Press TV.

He did not elaborate.

The drone incident in the Gulf occurred on November 1, made public by the Pentagon a week later, heightening tension between Iran and the US amid a mounting crisis over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iran said the unarmed Predator drone had entered its airspace and that its jets fired warning shots.

The Pentagon denied the drone had entered Iranian airspace and warned of a stronger response should there be a repeat of such an incident.

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