Iran Holds Missile Drill in Gulf of Oman Amid Tensions
Federal News Network:
Iran’s navy began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday, state TV reported, amid heightened regional tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.
The two-day missile drill was being held in the gulf’s southeastern waters and two new Iranian-made warships joined the exercise: The missile-launching Zereh, or “armor,” and the Makran, a logistics vessel with a helicopter pad named after a coastal region in southern Iran.
President Donald Trump, in 2018, unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump cited Iran’s ballistic missile program, among other issues, in withdrawing from the accord.
When the U.S. then ramped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development, as a series of escalating incidents pushed the two countries to the brink of war at the beginning of the year…
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