Posted: Mar 17, 2013 7:46 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has launched its domestically built destroyer in the Caspian Sea.
Sunday's report says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the guided-missile destroyer Jamaran-2 in the port city of Anzali, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Tehran.
This is Iran's first heavy-weight military presence in the oil-rich sea, where the five surrounding countries - Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - have not reached an agreement on exploitation of its resources.
Iran supports equally sharing the sea. But the other four countries have reached agreements on exploiting the resources through mutual pacts, putting Iran's share at about 12 percent.