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Moscow denies Iranian torpedo's Russian origin

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Moscow, Apr 5 (UNI) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today denied media reports that stealth torpedo tested by Iran had been supplied by Russia.

''I do not know who tested whose weapons. Many Western countries have sold weapons to the Iranians. I saw the television pictures, but I am not a specialist in marine torpedoes,'' RIA Novosti news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, where he is on an official visit.

Iran said it tested the world's fastest underwater missile, designed to elude radars and destroy enemy submarines.

The new missile would be fired from ships with technology to avoid radar detection, Iranian military chiefs said.

According to some experts, the Iranian torpedo was likely to be a Russian-built weapon similar to its high-speed torpedo code-named Squall, thus fueling the ongoing tension over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

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