The navies of Iran, Russia, and China held an unprecedented joint exercise outside the Strait of Hormuz from 27 Dec until 31 Dec 2019, just before the advent of the new year.
Just two weeks after taking office, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the side of his kindred spirit Donald Trump when the UK announced it would join the US naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
The United States is struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran.
President Donald Trump said Friday the United States was “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran but pulled back at the last minute because it would not have been a “proportionate” response to Tehran shooting down an American drone.
At first glance, it also seems somewhat illogical that Iran — even its faction of hardliners — would so willingly provide the US with a possible reason for war — a war it would most certainly lose when taking into account the country’s vastly inferior military might.
Iran successfully tests a cruise missile during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.