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Iran Holds Unannounced Air Defense Drill over Natanz

Iran Holds Unannounced Air Defense Drill over Natanz

Saturday, 4 December, 2021 - 19:15
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken last week and obtained by Reuters on April 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Iranian air defenses fired a missile as part of an exercise on Saturday over the central town of Natanz, which houses nuclear installations, state TV reported, after local residents reported hearing a large blast.


The TV said air defense units fired the missile to test a rapid reaction force over Natanz.


"Such exercises are carried out in a completely secure environment ... and there is no cause for concern," Army spokesman Shahin Taqikhani told the TV.


Iranian news agencies earlier reported a large explosion in the sky above Natanz, but said there was no official explanation of the incident.


The semi-official Fars news agency quoted its reporter in nearby Badroud as saying a short blast was heard which was accompanied by an intense light in the sky.


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