Iran holds massive naval drill

Posted March 01, 2017

The naval forces of the Iranian army have test fired the country's latest torpedo dubbed "Valfajr" during the ongoing massive military drills in in the country's southern waters.

The exercises were held in an area of 2 million square kilometers, spanning the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, north of the Indian Ocean and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The event comes amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran as President Donald Trump vowed to get tough with Tehran.

Tasnim news agency said the Dehlaviyeh, a laser-guided missile, had also been successfully launched, while ranges of the missiles have not been shared.

It was reported back in 2012 that Iran had based the Dehlaviyeh on a Russian anti-tank missile.

The US announced a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, although this was a campaign promise of Trump's and unlikely caused by the missile test.

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"As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice", he said.

The state broadcaster also showed footage of Iranian warships and helicopters taking part in the exercise. We don't respond well to sanctions, but we respond very well to mutual respect.

In February, now resigned advisor to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, criticised Iran.

Last week, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Pakpour, warned the be careful in its assessments of Tehran; otherwise, it could get a "strong slap in the face". Trump previously vowed to dismantle the long sought-after nuclear agreement, which obliged Iran to halt its nuclear program in exchange for lifting economy-crippling worldwide sanctions. Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but the latest test was the first since Trump became president.

He claimed they violated the United Nations resolution but Iran rejected the claims.