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Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Simulated Targets in Indian Ocean

Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Simulated Targets in Indian Ocean

Iranian missiles land “roughly 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier, hitting close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean.”

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles at simulated targets in the Indian Ocean. The missiles landed “roughly 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier, hitting close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean,” UK’s Daily Mail reported.

Iran launched ballistic missiles of “various classes” aimed at “the enemy’s battleships and destroyed them from 1,800 kilometers (1,125 miles) away,” the IRGC-affiliated media claimed. The test-firing was part of a two-day naval exercise by the IRGC, the Iranian regime’s military arm and a U.S.-designate terrorist organization.

As part of the military drill, Iran also simulated a terrorist drone attack similar to one that devastated Saudi oil fields. In September 2019, at least 18 drones swarmed Saudi airspace, destroying kingdom’s two main oil facilities and disrupted world’s oil supply. The IRGC “conducted a drill Friday that saw suicide drones crash into targets and explode — triangle-shaped aircraft that strongly resembled those used in a 2019 attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut the kingdom’s oil production by half,” the U.S.-based weekly Defense News reported.

Iran’s display of terrorist and military capabilities come as the United States under the incoming Joe Biden presidency may be rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement. The return to the nuclear deal will restore Obama-era appeasement policies towards the regime. Undoing President Donald Trump’s legacy of sanctions and ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran will inevitably strengthen and enrich the regime, the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.

Reuters reported Iran’s long-rang missile drill:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on the second day of a military exercise, state media reported.

The drill, which comes in the waning days of high tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, was conducted in the country’s central desert region.

It followed Friday’s testing of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and locally manufactured new drones in the same area.

“One of our most important defence policy goals is to use long-range ballistic missiles against enemy warships, including aircraft carriers and warships,” state media quoted Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami as saying.

With these missiles, which have a range of 1,800 kilometres, he said, “we can now strike moving targets in the ocean,” instead of the usual low-speed cruise missiles.

Saturday’s drill targets were in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean.

While Iran is advancing and testing a ballistic missile program, which can potentially carry nuclear warheads, it is also working towards a nuclear weapons arsenal. Last week, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog IAEA confirmed Iran’s advancements in uranium metal production, a key component for building a nuclear bomb. On Saturday, The E3 group of European power, namely France, Germany, and the UK, raised alarm about the Iran’s production of the nuclear metal which according to them can only have military implications with “no credible civilian use.”

The UK daily Guardian reported the European reaction:

“The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications,” the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Saturday.

Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on “producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 with world powers.

“We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPOA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal,” said the ministers.

Their call came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had notified the nuclear watchdog it was advancing research on uranium metal production, aiming to provide advanced fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.

While the Europeans have been quick at raising alarms over the Iranian nuclear program, they have done everything to sabotage the president’s policy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear arsenal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been at the forefront of the European efforts to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran. Germany, under the framework of the EU, has been the main architect of the Iran-European payment mechanism created to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

With Biden set to enter the White House, the EU countries and China are pressuring the incoming U.S. administration to reenter the nuclear deal, which President Trump abandoned in May 2018.

Last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ‘demanded’ the U.S. to return to the Obama-sponsored deal once Biden takes office. “The US shall return to the Iran nuclear deal as soon as possible and without any preconditions, and the US should also scrap all sanctions imposed on Iran,” Wang Yi declared.

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Joe needs a “war” to make himself look tough.
The rest of us know better.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to scooterjay. | January 17, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    How many nukes would it take to completely pacify Iran?

      Did you mean “glassify”?

      Well, we’d want to use moabs as our Neutron bomb was outlawed on the world stage…
      We could be into the oil-patch in a week.
      Funny thing about that neutron bomb, they hated it because it was so doggone good…
      I wonder really, did they figure out the trick?

        DSHornet in reply to snowshooze. | January 18, 2021 at 3:29 pm

        They were scared of the neutron bomb so we, of course, agreed to drop it from our arsenal. Too bad – if we threatened to drop it on Teheran instead we’d have fewer problems with the Persians.

        Remember the old F/FB-111 aircraft? The Soviets were frightened of them, too. They were the only conventional aircraft, along with nuclear capable missiles, the Soviets insisted on including in the strategic arms limitation treaty. It’s hard to do anything about nuclear delivery platforms penetrating your airspace 500 feet above ground level or lower at Mach 2.5 or greater.
        .

          JusticeDelivered in reply to DSHornet. | January 18, 2021 at 4:54 pm

          Did we really drop it? I looked it up, apparently the last neutron bomb was decommissioned in 2011. Seems rather stupid to give up such a weapon.

          Long ago I remember reading that Israel has the neutron bomb. Fact or speculation I don’t remember.

    ConradCA in reply to scooterjay. | January 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Joe has already said that he is going to rejoin Obama’s agreement to guarantee that Iran obtain nuclear tipped ICBMs.

I truly believe that this is going to end with Iran detonating a nuke inside Israel and the Democrats doing absolutely nothing in response.

Iran wanting the pound of flesh Jug Ears promised them, and are showing All Joe he is on the hook for it.

Celebrating corrupt, dim-witted, tottering, mendacious, avaricious, dotard-marionette, “Big Guy” Biden’s ascension to power, and, with it, the predictable dhimmitude/obeisance to jihadists and other totalitarian thugs that represent the Dhimmi-crats foreign policy calling cards.

It’s MOAB time! Donald Trump is the President until noon Eastern Time on Wednesday. Biden may waffle and whine, but he’s not the Surrender in Chief until he’s sworn in.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 17, 2021 at 5:16 pm

The Harris Biden administration needs a war. One of our ships will get hit. Two things will result

1) Our so-called diplomats will negotiate forever. No one will strike back.

2) Israel will be blamed.

2smartforlibs | January 17, 2021 at 5:26 pm

All liberals know how good war has been for their business.

    There seems to be some filtration in the comments.
    Anybody??

      Ah, no.
      My apologies.
      But as a contributor, I feel like an investor…
      And worry about everything.

      I’ve seen that a few times and after messing with my browser settings, had to conclude it was on my end of the bitstream.

      I couldn’t replicate it, but figured it had to do with my browser cache, using a VPN and Ad Blocker – and potentially Firefox or Chrome which weren’t refreshing the comments completely after I posted something. It was a head-scratcher for sure.

      With recent deplatforming issues at Google and Mozilla rattling their sabre, I’ve dumped Chrome and Firefox for Opera. Not locked in on Opera either.

Is this image faked like the last ones that were soundly discredited?

And how come the missiles all seem to be going in different directions?

Welcome to Joe Biden’s World.

Trying out their new Chinese anti-ship missiles?

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