The Iranian military began exercises in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday, the Reuters agency reported. The maneuvers take place less than a month before the planned new round of talks between Tehran and the world powers over the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Military exercises on the Iranian Gulf of Oman coast are intended to show the country’s military power and readiness to confront our enemies,” Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, a spokesman for the maneuvers, told Iranian state television.
The exercise covers an area from the eastern parts of the Strait of Hormuz to the northern Indian Ocean and parts of the Red Sea, official media in Tehran reported. About a fifth of the oil consumed worldwide flows through the strategic strait waterway in the Persian Gulf, the Reuters agency recalled.
The maneuvers are to be attended by fighters, helicopters, military transport planes, submarines and drones. The date of their ending has not been given.
Before the new round of talks
The maneuvers started less than a month before the planned new round of talks between Tehran and world powers over the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Earlier, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced that the talks will take place on November 29 in Vienna. The meeting is to be attended by, inter alia, representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and Iran.
The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran provided that Tehran would significantly reduce uranium production, and the international community would lift the economic sanctions imposed on the country.
In 2018, the then US president, Donald Trump, withdrew Washington from the deal and imposed new restrictions on Iran. The deal only allows Iran to enrich uranium to a level of 3.67 percent, which is enough for use in civilian reactors.
Main photo source: IRANIAN ARMY PRESS OFFICE