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Iran Holds Defiant Military Drill

Iran missile launch (Photo: wikicommons/Hamed Malekpour)

After Iran tested a nuclear-capable rocket last week, the United States heightened sanctions against the Islamic Republic. And now, Israel Hayom reports, Iran's response has been increasingly defiant military drills, which America likens to "playing with fire":

In apparent defiance of the new sanctions imposed by the United States, Iran held a military exercise Saturday to test home-made missile systems, radars, command and control systems and cyberwarfare systems. The aim of the exercise, held in Semnan province, was to "showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions," Iran’s Revolutionary Guards website said.

Iran's belligerent move followed Washington's decision Friday to imposed new sanctions on the Islamic republic, following a ballistic missile test.

Administration officials described the sanctions on 25 individuals and entities as "initial steps," saying Washington would no longer turn a "blind eye" to Iran's hostile actions...

The sanctions are seen as the opening salvo by President Donald Trump, who has vowed a more aggressive policy against Iran.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump wrote, "Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday and with Trump on Feb. 15, said Sunday that one of the issues he plans to discuss with Trump is "the Iranian threat, and the need to stand together against Iran's defiance of world order..."

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