Iran test-fires ballistic missile amid increased tensions with US

Iran test-fires ballistic missile amid increased tensions with US

Several American news outlets have reported that Iran has test fired a Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile, amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Oman has mediated in tensions between Iran and its Western adversaries in the past, repeatedly with some success.

This time, the Shahab-3 mid-range missile was launched, Fox News reports.

The US official speculated that the test was part of Iran's efforts to improve the range and accuracy of its missiles.

The reported ballistic missile launch comes in the wake of the recently strained relations between Tehran and the West.

June 14, US accused Iran of attacking the tankers.

It is widely believed that Oman's motive to pursue bilateral talks with Iran today, with the desire to reach a diplomatic resolution, is attributed to the proximity of conflict to Oman itself. He added, "Iran's missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country, period".

Iran, which has had a tense relationship with western powers for the last few decades, has been involved in another face-off with the United States and United Kingdom in the last few months.

Oman, seen as a neutral Gulf Arab country that has acted as a facilitator of talks between the United States and Iran in the past, sits across the strait from Iran, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Iran has openly exceeded the uranium enrichment levels set in the accord to try to pressure Europe into offsetting the economic pain of US sanctions.

Earlier this week, Trump claimed the USA military shot down an Iranian drone flying over it's warships. The Iranian government, however, denied losing any of its drones.

The U.K. has had a rocky summer as well.

Tensions have spiked between Iran and Britain since last week when Iranian commandos seized the Stena Impero over violating global maritime norms. Iranian forces seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero on July 19, which followed Britain's seizure of an Iranian-flagged oil tanker in Gibraltar.

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