It is noted that testing of Iranian ballistic missiles short range “Fateh-110” was held simultaneously with a massive naval exercises in Iran last week.
The launch is Iran’s first since March of 2017 and comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpKobach agrees to recuse himself from vote counting in Kansas GOP primary NFL players kneel during national anthem before first preseason game Schiff blasts GOP for Russian Federation probe conduct: “That’s how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one” MORE withdrew the US from the Obama-era nuclear agreement with the country and several European allies of the United States earlier this year.
The missile launch by Iran, first reported by Fox News, was the first time this year that Iran has fired a ballistic missile of any type. The officials said Iran has historically carried out a ballistic missile firing as part of the exercise, so last week’s missile launch was consistent with that pattern.
Votel said he saw Qassem Soleimani, who heads the external operations Quds Force for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, as being responsible for the exercise. Over 50 ships participated in the exercise.
After the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and renewed the sanctions related to Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran for the first time in more than a year tested a ballistic missile.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard typically uses small craft to harass U.S. Navy ships in the region, though there has not been an unprofessional interaction with an Iranian small craft in nearly a year.
‘We recognize what is going on, and we still can protect ourselves by pursuing our objectives of freedom of navigation and freedom of trade in the global waters, ‘ the leadership of the US Army claimed.
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