Navy launches stealthy de­stroyer

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Iran’s navy on Satur­day launched a do­mes­ti­cally made de­stroyer, which state me­dia said has radar-evad­ing stealth prop­er­ties. The Sa­hand de­stroyer joins Iran’s reg­u­lar navy at a base in Ban­dar Ab­bas on the Per­sian Gulf. The ship has a flight deck for he­li­copters, tor­pedo launch­ers, an­ti­air­craft and anti-ship guns, sur­face-to-sur­face and sur­face-toair mis­siles and elec­tronic war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties, state tele­vi­sion re­ported.

The launch comes amid ris­ing ten­sions with the United States. Pres­i­dent Trump pulled out of an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram in May and reim­posed sanc­tions on Tehran. The United States has said its goal is to re­duce Iran’s oil ex­ports to zero. Se­nior Ira­nian of­fi­cials have said that if Iran is not al­lowed to ex­port then no other coun­tries will be al­lowed to ex­port oil through the Strait of Hor­muz.

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