Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route

Nasser Karimi and Lee Keath

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard held war games Thursday in the strategic Persian Gulf oil route, the Hormuz Strait, a show of its military strength at a time when the country’s leaders are depicting President Barack Obama’s new nuclear policy as a threat.

Ahead of the military maneuvers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Washington of trying to dominate the world through its nuclear arsenal and vowed that Iran would not bend before what he called “implicit atomic threats.”

Khamenei was referring to Obama’s announcement earlier this month of a new nuclear strategy that focuses less on Cold War threats and more on preventing the spread of weapons. As part of the new guidelines, Washington vowed not to use its arsenal against nations that don’t have their own nuclear weapons, with the exception of countries that are not abiding by international non-proliferation rules _ a caveat the administration said meant Iran and North Korea.

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