Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Iran Says Navy Test-Fires New Missiles In Persian Gulf

Iran Says Navy Test-Fires New Missiles In Persian Gulf

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized the nuclear agreement between Iran and the worldwide community, including the United States, and promised to get tough with the Islamic Republic.

During a large-scale drill, code-named Velayat 95, in the strategic southern waters, Iran's navy tested its domestically-manufactured missiles.

Valuewalk published an article saying, "Last month, the two countries engaged in a little military confrontation near the Strait of Hormuz".

The successful operation follows an incident at the beginning of the year when a US Navy destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian military ships heading towards the Strait of Hormuz. The vessels belonged to Iran's Revolutionary Guards which are not participating in the current war games.

Separately, an aide to the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the leader would be standing for a second term in elections on May 19.

However, the test is likely to be viewed in Israel and the United States as another aggressive maneuver by Tehran to expand its missile program.

JCPOA is the nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany.

The exercises featured the launch of a cruise missile named "Nasir" and a "smart" laser-guided anti-submarine missile named "Dehlaviyeh".

Iran has acknowledged that it conducted a missile test.

It was reported back in 2012 that Iran had based the Dehlaviyeh on a Russian anti-tank missile. The drills also witnessed the test-firing of new torpedoes as well as missiles. "Iran is unmoved by threats".

Also assessed in the drills was the "telemedicine" medical assistance provision system, which enables remote medical diagnosis.

For years, Iran has asserted its military proficiency and has been showcasing its military prowess in exercises despite worldwide criticism targeting such drills.

Mr Dehghan said exercises stretched from the Strait of Hormuz and Oman Sea to north of the Indian Ocean.

Just last week, Iran's foreign minister responded to the renewed hostility coming from the US and said Iran is "unmoved by threats" but "responds well" to respect.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that imposing sanctions will not get any results.

He also acknowledged the some 1 million people of Iranian descent living in America, saying that United States policies should "value respect toward the diversity of nations and races". Might the sanctions lead to Iran walking away from the 2015 nuclear deal?

Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a 3,500-word letter to Trump on Sunday, criticizing him over his travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

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