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The incident is one of the most serious in recent months targeting an areas where US forces are present in Iraq.
Following the re-imposition of US sanctions, a senior Iranian maritime official said Iran had adopted new tactics and new destinations in shipping its oil exports.
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The test was reportedly conducted to anger the US.
The Iranian vessel appeared to be from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Uncertainty remains over the timing of the rest of the orders as banks shy away from deals with Iran.
A spokesman from the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the country's most recent missile launch was not meant as a message to the Trump administration.
The aim of the military exercise in Semnan province was to "showcase the power of Iran's revolution and to dismiss the sanctions."
"The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk."
By MICHAEL WILNER
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi: "This ship increases the deterrent power of Iran and will have an effect on the calculations of the enemy, particularly America."
"If an American ship enters Iran's maritime region, it will definitely get a warning. We will monitor them and, if they violate our waters, we will confront them."
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the agreement has been fully implemented by Tehran and is widely favored by the Iranian public.
Iranian leader says US objectives in the Middle East are the opposite of Iran's and negotiating with Washington on regional issues is meaningless.
By JPOST.COM STAFF,REUTERS
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