zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 19, 2017 11:57 AM
Two weeks after the White House unveiled new sanctions on two dozen Iranian entities in retaliation for a recent ballistic missile test, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is set to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States not to engage in such activity and a warning from the White House which said it was putting Iran “on notice.”
“The manoeuvres called ‘Grand Prophet 11’ will start Monday and last three days,” General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force’s ground units, told a news conference. He said “rockets would be used” without specifying which kind, according to AFP which first reported the drill.
Three weeks ago, Iran conducted drills involving short-range missiles at a time of heightened tensions with the United States, a test which was condemned as violating the terms of Obama’s nuclear treaty. The Islamic republic said the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran’s “complete preparedness to deal with the threats” and “humiliating sanctions” from Washington. President Trump promptly slapped fresh, if largely meaningless, sanctions against Tehran’s weapons procurement network after the January 29 missile test.
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