China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing and Tehran said, at a time of heightened tensions since the U.S. withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran. The military exercises aim to “deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries. Chinese navy would deploy its Xining guided missile destroyer — nicknamed the “carrier killer” for its array of anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles — in the drills. For Iran, the drill’s purpose was to bolster “international commerce security in the region” and “fighting terrorism and piracy,”
China, Russia and Iran to hold naval drills in Gulf of Oman.
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