Iran will hold joint naval exercises with China and Russia in the Gulf of Oman on the Iranian coast from Friday 27. The military training session – which takes place in a context of tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States. States on the Iranian nuclear program deal – closes on the 30th.
Iranian Armed Forces spokesman and brigadier general Aboldazl Shekarshi said the aim of the training was to reinforce “international trade security in the region” and the “fight against terrorism and piracy” – according to the US government. Iran annually provides $ 700 million to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada and other countries.
The exercises will "stabilize security" in the region and benefit the world, Shekarshi said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
In June, two international oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, where military training will take place. The United States accuses Iran of the attacks. According to data from 2018, about 30% of the world's seaborne oil passes through the gulf across the Strait of Hormuz.
Without specifying how many men and ships will be deployed for these maneuvers, a spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, Wu Qian, added that the Chinese Navy would send its missile ship, the Xining. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that these exercises "respond to normal military cooperation."
This announcement coincides with a moment of tension between Iran and the United States after Washington unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program signed in 2015. Following this, the Donald Trump administration reinstated sanctions against Tehran, in particular. about the vital oil sector.
Deprived of the economic benefits it had hoped to derive from its nuclear program deal, Iran began in May 2019 to break free of some of its pact commitments.
In June, a military clash between the United States and Iran was averted. Trump said he had annulled a last-minute air strike on Iranian territory in reprisal for the local government after Tehran forces shot down an American drone over Gulf waters. .