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Published:July 10th, 2008 11:28 EST
Condoleezza Rice warns Iran

Condoleezza Rice warns Iran

By SOP newswire

The United States says it has increased its security presence in the Persian Gulf, as Iran tests another round of medium and long-range missiles.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran Thursday that the United States will not hesitate to defend its interests or its allies against any aggression.

Speaking in Georgia`s capital, Tbilisi, Rice said Iran should not be "confused" about U.S. capabilities. She noted that the U.S. is working closely with its allies to make sure they can defend themselves.

Iran tested missiles Wednesday that could reach as far as Israel. Iranian media reported that another round of missile tests were conducted overnight. The tests included ground-to-sea, surface-to-surface and sea-to-air missiles.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami has said the tests demonstrate Iran`s strength against its "enemies."

Earlier this week, an aide to Iran`s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned that Israel and the U.S. naval fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the first targets to be "set on fire" if Iran is attacked over its nuclear activities.

The White House accused Iran of violating U.N. resolutions by developing ballistic missiles and urged it to refrain from further missile tests.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that Iran`s missile tests did not bring the U.S. any closer to a military confrontation with the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.