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Friday
Jan062012

Iran to Hold More Naval Drills in Strait of Hormuz Next Month

EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- After completing 10 days of maritime wargames earlier this week, Iran announced Friday it will conduct more naval exercises in February.

Previewing the event, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier Gen. Ahmad Vahidi -- as quoted by Fars News Agency -- told reporters on Wednesday that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' next set of naval drills would be the "greatest."

The exercises will take place in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz -- the same region where the last drills were held. Those 10-day wargames were deemed "successful" by Navy Commander Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, according to Fars News Agency.

The announcement of the new drills comes as tension with the West grows.  Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial passageway for around one-fifth of the world's oil, and has warned American ships against trying to pass through without permission. The Pentagon has asserted such a blockade will not be tolerated.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec232010

South Korea Holds Military Drills; Receives No Threats from North

Photo Courtesy - Korea Pool/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's army and air force held a large military exercise on its border Thursday, with criticism but no threats from North Korea.

The drills were held in the Pocheon region, close to the north-south border.  It was the largest combined army and air force drill during winter time.  Units involved included tanks, three dozen self propelled artillery, fighter jets and multiple rocket launchers.

In contrast to threats in recent weeks, North Korea had a muted response to the drills.  It said Thursday that South Korea is trying to hide provocative nature toward the north.  The response was part of a comment in the form of a news dispatch rather than in the name of the government wing.

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