Iran naval drills created to send message to Washington, US general says

Iran Steps Up Plan for National Crypto After US Sanctions

The top USA general in the Middle East on Wednesday said the military remains "extraordinarily vigilant" about Iranian movements in the Persian Gulf following last week's Iranian naval exercise in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran's labor minister was sacked on Wednesday as the fall-out grew over the country's economic meltdown in the face of new United States sanctions.

"China's lawful rights should be protected". "Nobody can do anything", Khamenei said recently, the website reported.

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full United States sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

Votel emphasized that the U.S. military can keep the Strait of Hormuz open for shipping despite Iranian threats to potentially shut it down.

Trump decided this year to pull out of the agreement, ignoring pleas from the other world powers that had co-sponsored the deal, including Washington's main European allies, Britain, France and Germany, as well as Russian Federation and China.

"The U.S.is considered an uncertain and unaccountable country in the world that does not comply with its commitments", he said.

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Mohammed Javad Zarif's public advice came after the United States reimposed sanctions against Iran on Monday, as presaged by President Donald Trump's withdrawal from his predecessor Barack Obama's nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran launched the exercise in the Gulf last week, sending dozens of small attack boats out into the Strait of Hormuz - a vital, oil-shipping waterway that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month threatened to shut down.

Few American companies do much business in Iran so the impact of sanctions mainly stems from Washington's ability to block European and Asian firms from trading there.

"NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE", Trump wrote. "We can't get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield".

Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions.

In comments carried by the Office of the President, Rouhani was said to have praised the two countries' "friendly and heartfelt relationship" and mutual support for each other, while warning that Washington should not be seen as trustworthy.

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