Iranian Navy drill in the Gulf of Oman as U.S. imposes fresh sanctions

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A series of photos made available by the Iranian Army Office shows an Iranian missile fired from beach to sea during a navy military drill this week in the Gulf of Oman.

Following tensions between Iran and US, Iran begin a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman and inaugurated its local-made warship.

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation.

A handout photo made available by the Iranian Army Iranian-made warship Makran before joining navy forces in the Gulf of Oman, Iran. The 755-feet sea base-type ship was a former oil tanker converted into a platform for maritime operations. Following tensions between Iran and US, Iran began a short-range missile drill in the Gulf of Oman and inaugurated its local-made warship. EPA-EFE/IRANIAN ARMY HANDOUT

They are the latest in a series of measures aimed at stepping up pressure on Tehran in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration, which ends on Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had sanctioned seven companies, including Chinese-based Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel Co and UAE-based Accenture Building Materials, and two people for shipping steel to or from Iran.

A handout photo made available by the Iranian Army on 14 January 2021 shows Iranian navy helicopter Sikorsky ASH-3D Sea King landing on the Iranian-made warship Makran before joining navy forces in the Gulf of Oman, Iran.. EPA-EFE/IRANIAN ARMY HANDOUT

He said Iran’s Marine Industries Organization, Aerospace Industries Organization and the Iran Aviation Industries Organization had also been blacklisted over conventional arms proliferation.

In a statement later on Friday, Pompeo said he was also increasing the scope of metals-related sanctions against Iran administered by the State Department.

An handout photo made available by the Iranian Army on 14 January 2021 shows Iranian-made warship Makran before joining navy forces in the Gulf of Oman, Iran. . EPA-EFE/IRANIAN ARMY HANDOUT
ahandout photo made available by the Iranian Army shows Iranian navy helicopter AgustaBell 212ASW (up) landing on the Iranian-made warship Makran before joining navy forces in the Gulf of Oman, Iran. EPA-EFE/IRANIAN ARMY HANDOUT

Main Photo: A handout photo made available by the Iranian Army Office shows a missile being fired from an Iranian Navy warship (Sina-class fast attack craft P235) during a navy military drill in the Gulf of Oman. EPA-EFE/Iranian Army Office

Via Reuters/ EPA-EFE/Iranian Army Office 

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