If Iran tests one of its missiles it is a provocation--even though the same long range missile has been tested earlier! However, whatever the U.S. does even on Iran's doorstep is just business as usual and not provocative apparently. The differential descriptions used by media pass completely unnoticed. It is just as if somehow the public might have been brainwashed so that the response is automatic and not even though about.
Here is an article about Iran's tests from AFP.
Defiant Iran angers US with missile test
2 hours ago
TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran on Wednesday test-fired a missile it said is capable of reaching Israel, angering the United States amid growing fears that the standoff over the contested Iranian nuclear drive could lead to war.
The Shahab-3 was among a broadside of nine missiles fired off simultaneously at 8:00 am (0330 GMT) from an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert, state television showed.
State-run Arabic channel Al-Alam said the missiles test-fired by the elite Revolutionary Guards included a "Shahab-3 with a conventional warhead weighing one tonne and a 2,000-kilometre (1,240-mile) range."
The firing comes at a time of growing tension over Tehran's nuclear drive, which Iran insists is aimed solely at generating energy but the West fears could be aimed at making an atomic bomb.
"The aim of these war games is to show we are ready to defend the integrity of the Iranian nation," Al-Alam quoted Revolutionary Guards air force commander Hossein Salami as saying.
"Our missiles are ready for shooting at any place and any time, quickly and with accuracy. The enemy must not repeat its mistakes. The enemy targets are under surveillance," he added.
The United States, which has never ruled out military action against Iranian atomic facilities, immediately condemned the missile tests.
"Iran's development of ballistic missiles is a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and completely inconsistent with Iran's obligations to the world," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.
He expressed concern that Iran's ballistic missiles could be used as "a delivery vehicle for a potential nuclear weapon".
"It's evidence that the missile threat is not an imaginary one," commented US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokesman said Israel is not seeking war.
"Israel seeks neither conflict nor hostilities with Iran, but no one in the international community should remain indifferent to Iran's nuclear programme and Iran's ballistic missile programme," Mark Regev said.
Also test-fired were the Zelzal, with a range of up to 400 kilometres (250 miles), and the Fateh with a range of around 170 kilometres (100 miles).
State television showed footage of the Shahab-3 and other missiles being launched, apparently successfully.
The Islamic republic test-fired the Shahab-3 for the first time in November 2006, but launching its longest-range weapon amid the current tension was sure to concern the West.
"We call on Iran to refrain from any kind of sabre-rattling," said German government spokesman Thomas Steg.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said the warhead on the Shahab-3 would fragment just before impact, maximising damage to the enemy.
The news caused record high oil prices to rebound after recent falls, with the market fearing supply disruptions from the OPEC cartel's number two producer in the event of any conflict.
There has been concern that an attack against Iran could be imminent after it emerged Israel had carried out manoeuvres in Greece that were effectively practice runs for a potential strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Israel, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the Iranian border, has expressed alarm over the rhetoric of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly predicted that the Jewish state is doomed to disappear.
The missile launch comes a day after an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that Iran would "set fire" to Israel and the US navy in the Gulf as its first response to any American attack over its nuclear programme.
"Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the targets that would be set on fire in Iran's crushing response," said mid-ranking cleric Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative to Revolutionary Guards naval forces.
Wednesday's launch was part of The Great Prophet III war games by the missile and naval sections of the Revolutionary Guards which are aimed at improving combat readiness.
But diplomatic efforts are also continuing. Iran has responded to an offer from world powers to end the nuclear crisis, and diplomats are analysing what is said to be a complex answer from Tehran.
The offer from world powers proposes that Iran suspend uranium enrichment -- the key sticking point in the crisis and the process which they fear could be used to make a nuclear weapon -- in exchange for technological incentives.
However the French foreign ministry has confirmed that Iran does not say in its response that it is prepared to suspend uranium enrichment. Iranian leaders have repeatedly vowed never to suspend sensitive nuclear activities
Now we have naval exercises by the U.S. However there is no defiant U.S. that angers Iran by these exercises! This is from wiredispatch. There seems to be little coverage of this in the mainstream U.S. media.
US holds navy exercise after Iran comments on Gulf
REUTERSReuters North American News Service
Jul 07, 2008 08:59 EST
DUBAI, July 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Monday it was carrying out an exercise in the Gulf, days after vowing that Iran will not be allowed to block the waterway which carries crude from the world's largest oil-exporting region.
"The aim of Exercise Stake Net is to practise the tactics and procedures of protecting maritime infrastructure such as gas and oil installations," Commodore Peter Hudson said in a U.S. Fifth Fleet statement.
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in remarks published late last month that Tehran would impose controls on shipping in the Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz if it was attacked.
Speculation about a possible attack on Iran because of its nuclear programme has risen since a report last month said Israel had practised such a strike.
Vice-Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, said last week the United States would not allow Iran to block the Gulf.
Fear of an escalation in the standoff between the West and Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, has helped propel oil prices over $140 a barrel.
Two U.S. vessels were taking part in the exercise alongside a British warship and one from Bahrain, a Gulf Arab ally which hosts the Fifth Fleet. "Stake Net seeks to help ensure a lawful maritime order as well as improve relationships between regional partners," the fleet's statement said.
Western powers say they fear Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear programme. Tehran says the work aims to generate electricity.
A cargo ship hired by the U.S. military fired warning shots at two unidentified boats which approached it in the Gulf in April. In January, the United States said five small Iranian speedboats aggressively approached three U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz and a radio message was transmitted, warning they could explode.
Iran said its boats were simply trying to identify the U.S. vessels and military experts have since said the warning may have come from an independent radio operator. (Reporting by Inal Ersan, editing by Mark Trevelyan)
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