Iran Says It Has Test-Fired Missiles in Strait of Hormuz

Martha Raddatz discusses what message Iran is trying to send with the exercise.
3:00 | 09/25/12

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Breaking news out of the world's most volatile strategic areas. Iran claimed it has test-f several missiles in the strait of hormuz, a key passage for some 20% of the world's oil. Abc's martha raddatz watching all of it this morning. Martha, if nothing else, the timing here is interesting, as the u.S. Military has been conducting drills there. And iran's president is here in new york at the u.N. What should we make of all this? This is showmanship, pure and simple, josh. This exercise is clearly meant to tell the world, and especially israel and the u.S., that it has the power to close down that waterway and impact u.S. Ships. The u.S. Is conducting mine-sweeping exercises right now, about 250 miles from where these missiles were supposedly tested. This is surely in response to that. Just yesterday, at the united nations, iran's president, ahmadinejad, told reporters, we have all of the defensive means at our disposal. And we are ready to defend ourselves. But while this may be just an exercise, it is significant nonetheless. It comes at an extremely tense time, with israel saying iran's nuclear program must be stopped. And urging the u to take a tougher line.

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