Iran Holds Extensive Military Drills in 3 Provinces

Iran fired missiles from land and sea as part of five days of military exercises in three provinces, the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement on Tuesday.

The military were started after the US said it was preparing “alternatives” in case negotiations to revive a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program collapse in Vienna.

“We have carried out exercises to destroy the enemy before they approach the Hormuz islands.”

Guards navy commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri

Abu Musa island and the Greater and Lesser Tunb islands, located in the Gulf near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, are under Iranian control but are also claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

A fifth of world oil output passes through the Strait of Hormuz.

The military drills dubbed Payambar-e-Azadm, or “Great Prophet,” began on Monday in Bushehr, Hormozgan and Khuzestan provinces, each of which touch the Gulf. 

They included biological warfare exercises.

The maneuvers also saw the deployment of Iranian-made boats that are capable of launching high-precision missiles and reaching speeds up to 75-95 knots.

At dawn on Monday, “in order to increase the defense capability of the armed forces, an exercise was held over the Bushehr nuclear power plant,” Mohammad-Taghi Irani, Bushehr’s deputy governor for political and security affairs, told Fars news agency.

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