Iran Launches Major Naval Exercises Ahead Of Renewed U.S. Sanctions

Iran has launched major naval exercises in the Persian Gulf just days before the United States is due to start reimposing sanctions on Tehran, according to media reports citing U.S. officials.One U.S. official told Reuters on August 2 that possibly more than 100 vessels are involved in the drills, in a move that appears designed to send a message to Washington.The timing of the drills is unusual, as Iran's navy usually conducts annual exercises later in autumn, the officials said.Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated since U.S. President Donald Trump announced in May that he was pulling out of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and reimposing sanctions on Tehran.The first batch of renewed U.S. sanctions is due to go into effect on August 7.

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