Defiant Iran deploys missiles & bans US wrestlers

iran (2)Iran is to deploy missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise today in a show of defiance a day after the United States imposed sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch last weekend.

The Guards’ Sepahnews website said the manoeuvres in the northeastern province of Semnan were aimed at demonstrating their “complete preparedness to deal with the threats” and “humiliating sanctions” from Washington.

US President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran yesterday over its test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile and its support for Yemeni rebels, who recently targeted a Saudi warship.

On the Visa front, Iran announced it would take “reciprocal action” against US individuals and companies.

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“In response to the new move by the United States of America and as a reciprocal action, (Iran) will impose legal limitations for some American individuals and companies that have had a role in the creation and support of extreme terrorist groups in the region,” the foreign ministry said.

Iran today banned US wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition this month in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official media reported.

A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program, despite threats from the Trump administration that it was preparing to levy new sanctions.

Ghasemi said the policy of the new US administration left Iran no other choice but to ban the wrestlers.
The competition in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah is scheduled for February 16-17.

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