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Iran launches missiles while drilling amid tensions over its nuclear program

Iran launches missiles and shows off two new warships in naval drills amid heightened tensions over its nuclear program

  • The Iranian navy started a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday
  • The two-day missile exercise took place in the southeastern waters of the Gulf
  • Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018
  • In the deal, Tehran had agreed to curtail its uranium enrichment program

The Iranian Navy today began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman and inaugurated its largest military ship, state television reports.

It comes amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

The two-day missile exercise was held in the southeastern waters of the Gulf and two new Iranian-made warships participated: the missile launch Zereh, or “ armor, ” and the country’s largest military ship, the Makran, a logistics ship with a helipad. to a coastal area in southern Iran.

The Iranian Navy today began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman and inaugurated its largest military ship, state television reports.

The Iranian Navy today began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman and inaugurated its largest military ship, state television reports.

An Iranian Navy warship during a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Iran

An Iranian Navy warship during a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Iran

An Iranian Navy warship during a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Iran

The Iranian navy began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday, state television reported, amid heightened regional tensions over Tehran's nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian navy began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday, state television reported, amid heightened regional tensions over Tehran's nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian navy began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday, state television reported, amid heightened regional tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran’s nuclear deal in 2018, in which Tehran had agreed to limit uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Trump mentioned, among other things, Iran’s ballistic missile program in his withdrawal from the agreement.

Subsequently, as the US stepped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly left the limits of the deal for its nuclear development as a series of escalating incidents pushed the two countries on the brink of war at the start of the year.

In recent weeks, Iran has stepped up its military exercises. On Saturday, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard held a naval parade in the Persian Gulf and a week earlier, Iran held a massive drone maneuver across half the country.

Troops stand in formation on an Iranian warship during a military exercise in the Gulf of Oman in Iran

Troops stand in formation on an Iranian warship during a military exercise in the Gulf of Oman in Iran

Troops in formation on an Iranian naval warship during a naval military exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Iran

Iran occasionally announces military achievements that cannot be independently verified. The country began a military supply program in 1992, with Tehran saying it produces mortars for jet fighters.

State television said the 121,000-ton Makran is Iran’s largest military ship with a length of 238 meters, a beam of 38 meters and a height of 21 meters. The Makran, a logistics vessel supporting combat ships in the fleet, can travel for nearly three years without docking and has equipment for gathering and processing information.

Video footage released by the military showed helicopters carrying commandos to the Makran as part of the exercise.

The two-day missile exercise was held in the southeastern waters of the Gulf and two new Iranian-made warships took part in the exercise.

The two-day missile exercise was held in the southeastern waters of the Gulf and two new Iranian-made warships took part in the exercise.

The two-day missile exercise was held in the southeastern waters of the Gulf and two new Iranian-made warships took part in the exercise.

Last week, Iran seized a South Korean oil tanker and its crew members in the Gulf and continues to detain the ship in an Iranian port. The Islamic Republic has apparently been trying to increase its power over Seoul ahead of negotiations over billions of dollars in Iranian assets frozen in South Korean banks linked to US sanctions against Iran.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of secret ties to the militant Al-Qaeda network and imposed new sanctions on several senior Iranian officials. Iran has denied the charge.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that US sanctions will fail. “We are witnessing the failure of a policy, the maximum pressure campaign, economic terrorism,” he said.

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