Published: Tue, February 28, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Iran conducts naval drills near Strait of Hormuz amid tensions


Since taking office last month, Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on January 29 that it was playing with fire and all USA options were on the table.

According to state media, ships, submarines and helicopters will participate in the naval drills across a 2 million sq km area along with marines, who will show off their skills in Iran's southeastern coast.

The Iranian Navy fired the latest version of its home-made coast-to-sea cruise missile, "Nasir", on the second day of the main phase of the massive wargames underway in the territorial waters of the country and North of the Indian Ocean on Monday.

"Sahand, as our most advanced destroyer, will soon join the naval fleet", Sayyari said in an interview with Iranian state TV on Saturday night. Current tensions between the US and Iran are at the highest level after the two countries reached a long sought-after deal regarding Iran's nuclear program in the summer of 2015.

He claimed they violated the United Nations resolution but Iran rejected the claims.

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The tests were held as part of the Iranian Navy's large-scale drills code-named Velayat 95. Additionally, the Islamic Republic premiered its telemedicine medical assistance provision system, which allows Tehran to provide remote medical assistance in battlefields.

The first major military exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, it will continue until Wednesday.

Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan says navy forces have successfully test-fired a marine missile cruise.

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

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