Iran holds anti-aircraft exercises as nuclear inspectors arrive

The announcement came as the country’s Foreign Minister announced that inspectors from the UN’s nuclear watchdog would be barred from nuclear sites during their two day visit.

The IAEA inspectors arrived Monday for two days of talks in the Islamic Republic in an atmosphere of growing tension and concern over a potential conflict.

Their arrival also coincided with increasing speculation that Israel was mulling air strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“These exercises aim to reinforce the integrated abilities of the country’s anti-air defences,” said a statement from the Katem-ol-Anbia military air base coordinating Iran’s anti-air and ballistic missile systems.

Missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, radars and warplanes were being deployed, it said.

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