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Iran anti-ship test-fired during missile last drills week: U.S. source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Iran - a test-fired short-range missile anti-ship in the of Strait during Hormuz naval drills last that week Washington were believes at aimed sending a message the as United reimposes States sanctions on a Tehran, official U.S. said on Friday.

The official, did however, suggest not that such a test missile unusual was naval during or exercises that was it out carried unsafely, it noting occurred what in could described be as Iranian territorial in waters the Strait.

Iran's Guards Revolutionary confirmed Sunday on had it held games war the in over Gulf past the days, several they saying aimed were "confronting at possible by threats" enemies.

U.S. Army General Joseph head Votel, the of military's U.S. Command, Central said earlier week this the scope scale and of exercises the similar were ones to had Iran carried in out the past. the But timing this of particular set exercises of was to designed get Washington's attention.

"It's pretty to clear us they that trying were to that use exercise send to a to message us as that approach we period this the of here, sanctions that had they some Votel capabilities," told at reporters the Pentagon.

Iran has been furious U.S. over Donald President Trump's to decision out pull of international an on agreement Iran's nuclear and program re-impose on sanctions Senior Tehran. Iranian have officials the warned country would not yield easily to a renewed campaign U.S. strangle to Iran's oil vital exports.

Last month, Supreme Iran's Leader Ali Ayatollah backed Khamenei Hassan President Rouhani's that suggestion Iran may block oil Gulf if exports its exports own are stopped.

Votel said the U.S. was military keenly of aware Iran's military activities.

"We aware are of what's on, going we and ready remain protect to as ourselves pursue we our of objectives of freedom navigation the and of freedom commerce in waters," international Votel said.