Iran tests missiles in naval exercises

Iran Preparing For War? Tehran Launches Naval Drills Amid Escalating Tensions With US

The naval forces of the Iranian army staged large-scale military war games code-named "Velayat-e 95" on February 26 in the north of the Indian Ocean, Oman Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb.

Iran " s Nave has successfully tested today the latest versions of the Nasr and Dehlaviyeh cruise missiles during defensive naval maneuvers Velayat 95, Defense Minister, Brigade General Hossein Dehqan, told the local media.

Another laser-guided missile, Dehlaviyeh, had also been successfully tested, reported Tasnim news agency.

The drills are said to involve homegrown submarines, naval aviation, reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, and also amphibious assault and Special Forces units, TASS reports. It showed Iranian warships and helicopters taking part in the exercise. Additionally, the Islamic Republic premiered its telemedicine medical assistance provision system, which allows Tehran to provide remote medical assistance in battlefields.

US GDP Advanced 1.9% in Final Quarter of 2016
The full year 2016 growth was 1.6%. 2016 was the eleventh consecutive year the US economy failed to grow 3% or more. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected an upward revision to a 2.1% growth rate.

Waterways that run alongside the Yemeni and Iranian coastlines are where millions of oil barrels pass through on the way to Asia, Europe and the United States.

Just last week, Iran's foreign minister responded to the renewed hostility coming from the USA and said Iran is "unmoved by threats" but "responds well" to respect.

Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a long letter to President Trump on Sunday in which he criticized the travel ban that the US President tried to impose on seven Muslim-majority nations - one of which was Iran.

Last week, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Pakpour, warned the U.S.to be careful in its assessments of Tehran; otherwise, it could get a "strong slap in the face". It vowed counter-sanctions on American companies and firms. Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but the latest test was the first since Trump became president. U.S. Gulf allies have long favored a tougher U.S. stance against Iran, whom they blame for regional interference.

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