In first, Iran launches cruise missile from submarine during a drill

Iran says it has launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported the launch on Sunday and released an image showing a green submarine on the surface of the water launching an orange missile. It says other submarines have the same capability.

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Iran frequently touts its military arsenal, much of which is manufactured locally because of international sanctions.

Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial bottleneck for global energy supplies with about a third of all oil traded by sea passing through it.

Tensions have risen since the U.S. withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and restored wide-ranging sanctions.