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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's navy chief said Thursday his forces plan to hold a 10-day drill in international waters beyond the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, an exercise that could bring Iranian ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels.
The drill will be Iran's latest show of strength in the face of mounting international criticism over its controversial nuclear program, which the West fears is aimed at producing atomic weapons — charges that Tehran denies, insisting the program is for peaceful purposes only.
The Strait of Hormuz is of strategic significance as the passageway for about a third of the world's oil tanker traffic. Beyond it lie vast bodies of water, including the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet is also active in the area, as are warships of several other countries that patrol for pirates there.
"The maneuvres will be carried out with the intention of displaying the determination, defensive and deterrent power of the Iranian armed forces as well as relaying a message of peace and friendship in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and the free waters of the Indian Ocean," Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said.
Originally posted by phishyblankwaters
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
Doesn't NATO practice their drills and tactical maneuvers in international waters?
For those who might not be aware:
Iran has signed the NPT, Israel has not
Iran has NOT made a nuclear weapon and is currently incapable of enriching uranium to the required purity for a bomb, this according to the IAEA inspections that Iran ALLOWED of their nuclear sites.
Iran doesn't have the technology to launch a missile very far from their borders.
Iran has not invaded or attacked anyone in hundreds of years
And lets also get something straight. The US and Israel have given themselves the powers to engage in "pre-emptive" war, something entirely illegal according to the UN and international law.
As such, they deem the right to attack a target that MIGHT pose a threat at some later time, namely, Iran.
Does this not give Iran the right to pre-emptively strike Israel and the US ?