Iran holds manoeuvres defending nuclear sites

AFP , Monday 20 Feb 2012

Iranian military base launches four days of manoeuvres to protect against possible strikes against its nuclear sites

Iran's military announced on Monday it has launched four days of manoeuvres aimed at boosting anti-air defences protecting its nuclear sites in the south of the country.

"These exercises aim to reinforce the integrated abilities of the country's anti-air defences," said a statement from the Katem-ol-Anbia military air base that coordinates Iran's anti-air and ballistic missile systems.

The declaration, reported by the official news agency IRNA, came as officials from the UN nuclear watchdog were holding talks in Tehran on Iran's suspect nuclear programme which has unsettled the West and Israel.

It also coincided with increasing speculation that Israel was mulling air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.

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