Iran has denied reports by state media that it test-fired long-range missiles during military exercises in the Gulf.
“The exercise of launching missiles will be carried out in the coming days,” Iran’s senior navy commander is quoted as telling Iran’s Press TV.
Earlier the semi-official Fars news agency and other outlets reported that land-to-sea missiles had been fired.
The naval exercises come at a time of increased tensions between the West and Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
On Tuesday Iran threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil export route, if new sanctions are imposed over its nuclear programme.
The US and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons – a charge Iran denies. Tehran insists its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes. Iran has maintained that it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet growing domestic demand.
But in another development, Iran’s nuclear negotiator has signalled Tehran’s readiness for talks.
Saeed Jalili was set to write to the European Union’s foreign affairs chief to express Iran’s willingness to take part in a fresh round of nuclear talks, Reuters reported, citing the semi-official Mehr news agency.
The latest round of naval exercises began last week and are taking place in international waters to the east of the Strait of Hormuz. They are set to last 10 days.
“All kinds of surface-to-sea, sea-to-sea and surface-to-air as well as shoulder-launched missiles will be tested in the coming days,” navy commander Mahmoud Mousavi told Iran’s English-language Press TV, according to Reuters.