Otago Daily Times

Iran bol­sters de­fence


Dubai: Iran’s elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards have added a war­ship ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing air­craft, mis­sile launch­ers and drones to its naval fleet, state me­dia said yes­ter­day, at a time of high ten­sion be­tween Te­heran and Wash­ing­ton.

A US of­fi­cial told Reuters on Mon­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, with two months left in of­fice, had asked for op­tions on at­tack­ing Iran’s main nu­clear site at Natanz, but ul­ti­mately de­cided against tak­ing the dra­matic step.

The Is­lamic Repub­lic re­it­er­ated that any at­tack on it by the United States would face a ‘‘crush­ing’’ re­sponse. — Reuters

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