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  • 25 April, 2020

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Iran-US tensions rise

Iran-US tensions rise on Trump threat, Iran satellite launch

Part of: GS-II- International Issues (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani called on the country's armed forces to maintain vigilance against “provocative actions by foreigners in the region, as a war of words with the US escalated.

  1. The comment came after the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Tehran would destroy US warships if its security is threatened in the Arabian Gulf.
  2. US President Donald Trump warned Tehran over "harassment" of US vessels. Trump said he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, though said later he was not changing the military’s rules of engagement.
  3. Earlier this month, the US military said 11 Revolutionary Guards naval vessels came close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative”.
  4. Tehran blamed its longtime adversary for the incident.
  5. Antagonism between Iran and the United States has sharpened since 2018, when Trump withdrew from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions.
  6. Animosities spiked in early January when top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated on Jan. 9 by firing missiles at bases in Iraq where US troops were stationed.
  7. Iran’s missile launch is of significant concern as it is against UN RESOLUTION
  8. Iran has carried out a satellite launch using ballistic missile technology are of significant concern and inconsistent with UNSC resolution 2231,”

“The UN has called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran is not abiding by that.

Source: Web

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