2012-02-10 / World

Report: Iran adds 2 submarines to fleet

TEHRAN, Iran ( AP) — Iran’s official news agency reported Thursday that the navy has added two more domestically built light submarines to its fleet.

The move is seen as part of Iran’s effort to upgrade its defense capabilities amid escalating tension with the West over its nuclear program. Tehran has threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, over new U.S. sanctions targeting its critical oil industry.

Iran is believed to have 12 light and three Russian-made submarines in its fleet, but it does not disclose the numbers.

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