IRAN’S navy has begun new military drills in the Strait of Hormuz, state TV said today.
One-fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait.
State media said the maneuvers began this morning, involving warships, submarines jet fighters and hovercrafts.
The drills come as the West increases its pressure over Iran’s nuclear program. The West suspects it may be aimed at producing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.
Iran has threatened to close the straits over Western sanctions but has not repeated the threats lately.
The report says Iran warned ships to stay away from the site until 3 Jan. The maneuvers cover nearly 1 400,000 sq. mile from the Strait of Hormuz to northern part of Indian Ocean, including the Sea of Oman.