Drill commemorates Nov. 4 US Embassy siege in Tehran and sanctions placed by Trump Administration Monday; Rouhani: Iran will bypass illegal US sanctions; Lieberman: The United States is dealing a critical blow to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq and Yemen.
The resumption of US sanctions on Iran was met with air defense drills, Iran’s President claiming Monday that the sanctions could lead to a “war situation”.
The drill is being held in response to the Trump Administration’s sanctions which went into effect Monday, as well as to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the siege of the US embassy in Tehran from November 1979.
The drill includes Iran’s military and the Revolutionary Guard. It tested its anti-aircraft and defense systems during the drills Monday and footage was televised alongside President Rouhani’s address. According to Iranian media, the drill will continue through Tuesday.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned Monday that Iran “will proudly bypass” the Trump Administration’s “unjust sanctions because it’s against international regulations”. He added “Today, Iran is able to sell its oil and it will sell,” claiming, “We are in the war situation. We are in the economic war situation and confronting a bullying enemy. We have to stand to win.”
Israel’s Defense Minister praised the Trump Administration’s latest sanctions, releasing the statement “President Trump’s bold decision is the sea-change the Middle East has been waiting for. In a single move, the United States is dealing a critical blow to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq and Yemen. President Trump, you’ve done it again! Thank you.”
The Trump Administration withdrew from the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in May of this year. It placed its first round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic in August, which included restrictions on purchasing US dollars, trade on gold and precious metals and the sale and trade of graphite and metals.
The second round of sanctions targets Iran’s oil, export and banking industries, as well as ends any remaining US economic benefits from the 2015 nuclear deal. The Trump Administration has called for a better deal which would curb Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, as well as its military efforts in the region.
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