Iran Kicks Off Air Defense Drills Amid Tensions With Israel, Azerbaijan

Iran Kicks Off Air Defense Drills Amid Tensions With Israel, Azerbaijan

Andrew H. Sweet

The two-day exercise includes Iran's Khordad air defense systems and unmanned drones, missiles, radars, and electronic and cyber warfare systems, according to Iranian state news.

The show of force comes as Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visits Washington to discuss options with the Biden administration should stall multinational negotiations in Vienna fail to halt Iran's nuclear program.

The Biden administration has made a return to the deal central to its Middle East strategy, as top policymakers look to disentangle the U.S. from the region's complex rivalries to focus on competing with a rapidly rising China.

Iranian officials have insisted their Islamic government views the use of a nuclear weapon as religiously forbidden and say the country's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Still, the country's leaders have vowed to defend their country against foreign attacks.

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