Iran launches long-range missiles in exercise

Iran launches long-range missiles in exercise
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 file photo, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, right, accompanies President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his departure ceremony as he leaves Tehran's Mehrabad airport for Copenhagen to attend the U.N. Climate Summit.
TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) - Iran's official news agency official IRNA reports that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guards unit has launched several missiles in a military exercise.

The Tuesday report says the missiles, including long-range ones capable of hitting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, successfully hit their targets.

Iran holds several military maneuvers per year and the current one coincides with the beginning of a European Union oil embargo meant to pressure the country over its nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran wants to build nuclear weapons, a charge the Islamic Republic denies.