Iran launches annual wargame prior to nuclear negotiations with the West

Tehran, Iran-Iranian troops have launched an annual wargame in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Oman, state television reported Sunday.

According to the report, Navy and Air Force units, as well as ground forces, participated in more than one million square kilometers (386,100 square miles) east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Almost 20% of all oil transport passes through the strait to the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

State television said brigades, including Commando and paratroopers, were deployed for annual exercises. Fighters, helicopters, military transports, submarines, and drones were also expected to participate in the training. It was not immediately clear how long the exercise would last.

Called “Zolfaghar-1400”, this wargame aims to “improve your readiness to confront foreign threats and any possible aggression.”

U.S. officials said last week that Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and holds the vessel at its port.

Iran provided a contradictory explanation of what happened, claiming that Revolutionary Guard forces blocked the US seizure of Iranian oil-carrying tankers and released the ship in the Gulf of Oman. It aired dramatic footage on state television, but did not further explain the incident.

Under a nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran will limit nuclear development at the cost of lifting sanctions.

At that time, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018 and reinstated sanctions on Iran.

Trump has consistently called this the “worst deal,” which only “delays” and does not prevent the possibility of a nuclear weapons program in Iran, but Iran’s internationally frozen assets. Approximately $ 100 billion will be released, saying it could enable Tehran’s terrorism. And rebellion.

Iran says its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium has reached more than 210 kilograms (463 pounds). This is the latest rebellious move ahead of future nuclear negotiations with the West.

After a few months delay, the European Union, Iran, and the United States last week announced that indirect negotiations to revive transactions will resume in Vienna on November 29.

The Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.