A top Iranian military officer says Iran will conduct air defense war
games aimed at protecting the country's nuclear facilities from
Brigadier-General Ahmad Mighani told Iran's Fars news agency the
large-scale drills will begin Sunday and will last for five days. He
said they will involve Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and other
Iranian media say the drills will cover an area of some 600,000 square
kilometers in parts of central, western and southern Iran where the
country's nuclear facilities are located.
Iran often holds military exercises to show its readiness to fight
perceived threats to its controversial atomic program. The United
States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails
to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.
On Friday, officials from six world powers expressed disappointment at
Iran's refusal to accept a United Nations-brokered plan calling on
Tehran to ship its uranium abroad for enrichment.
Representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China) and Germany met Friday in Brussels to discuss the enrichment plan and other issues related to Iran's nuclear program.
Iran has said it will not process its enriched uranium abroad and will
consider only a uranium-for-fuel swap inside Iran. The enrichment plan
is aimed at alleviating international concerns that Iran is developing
Enriched uranium produces fuel that can be used for civilian purposes
or, in highly enriched form, for nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear
program is for peaceful purposes.