On Sunday, Iran began a massive military exercise. This is weeks before the negotiators meet again to salvage the 2015 nuclear agreement.
The drill, dubbed ‘Zolfaghar-1400’, includes maneuvers in parts of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman, which is connected to the Persian Gulf through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
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Iranian media reported that both the Iranian Navy and Air Force practiced striking targets with various weapons including drones in the country’s southern region in close coordination and cooperation with ground troops.
According to media reports, Rear Admiral Mahmoud Moussiv, the spokesperson for the exercise said that various branches of military training were in place to conduct surprise attacks on enemy forces. He stated that F-4 fighter jets had practiced striking naval targets using anti-ship missiles.
Major General Gholam Al Ali Rashid, Commander of Khatam–al Anbiya’s Central Headquarters stated that Iranian forces had been defeated. “always ready for a strategic, operational and tactical confrontation”for defense against Israel and the US.
This exercise takes place just weeks before the talks to revive 2015’s international nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It severely limited Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions. Negotiations are scheduled to resume in Vienna on 29 November.
Trump-era sanctions were reimposed on Tehran after the US unilaterally canceled JCPOA. Iran responded to the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal of JCPOA in 2018 by gradually reducing its commitments under that agreement.
Last week, President Joe Biden joined the leaders from France, Germany, UK, and Germany to urge Iran to immediately address their concerns. “return to a good faith effort”Continue negotiations
Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian president, reiterated Thursday that Iran would not withdraw from the negotiations but will insist on Washington lifting sanctions against Tehran.
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