Iran commences military drill near coast of Gulf of Oman

20 January 2021 (Last Updated January 20th, 2021 11:41)

Iran has kicked off a military drill involving ground forces near the coast of Gulf of Oman amid tensions over its nuclear programme.

Iran has kicked off a military drill involving ground forces near the coast of Gulf of Oman amid tensions over its nuclear programme.

State TV showed that Iranian Army commandos and paratroopers are participating in the exercise near the port of Jask on the Gulf of Oman. The exercise is being supervised by Iran’s National Army chief Abdolrahim Mousavi, reported PTI.

Relations between the US and Iran worsened after the Trump administration withdrew from a nuclear deal in 2018.

In the recent weeks, Iran has ramped up military exercises as US President-elect Joe Biden is set to assume office.

Last week, Iran launched long-range ballistic missiles at simulated targets in the Indian Ocean. These missiles are said to have a range of around 1,800km and are capable of hitting moving targets in the ocean.

The Middle-East nation also tested locally manufactured drones and surface-to-surface ballistic missiles in the central desert region, while its naval forces fired cruise missiles in the Gulf of Oman.

Biden has previously promised that the US, under the new administration, may re-join the nuclear deal if Tehran guarantees strict compliance.

Last year, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reportedly unveiled a domestically developed ballistic missile launching system. The system is designed to fire several long-range ballistic missiles.

Notably, Iran has developed multiple ballistic missiles and aerospace military gear in the last few years.