The threats have been flying in the past few weeks. Flying unlike a missing US military drone, which Iran has enjoyed showing off...
You can say, yeah, sure, everybody gets lucky once, Yugoslavia managed to knock out an F-117 too, but... Not happy with Iran's persistence at getting in on the atomic age, the US decided to throw down with some new sanctions on Iranian oil exports, backed by France, Britain and a few other countries that tend to tag along. Adding insult to injury, China, while not backing the sanctions, has cut its imports of Iranian oil by about half too, and is demanding lower prices.
Which caused the Rial to drop sharply
, although it recovered.
Iran, predictably, has a problem with this. With partial control over the Strait of Hormuz:
...through which a good 20% of the world's oil flows, they decide to pull out all the stops: Mess with us, and we'll block the oil. In fact, we're going to run a few military "exercises" while we're at it. And show off our new cruise missile that is definitely not a 'shop job.
With a range of 125 miles, they can now hit US warships stationed in the Persian Gulf.
And a slap fight ensues! The US says "Try it."
Iran says "We took a few pictures."
Pictures of the USS Stennis as it left the Persian Gulf, on a routine trip. Not exactly hard, since it wasn't trying to hide in the first place. While they're at it, they decide to make another threat.
That's right. Bring it back and there will be trouble.
Enjoying the limelight, they went on to announce:
Theirs isn't inanimate and carbon, it's Uranium and currently in a test reactor.
Of course, one uranium fuel rod does not a nuclear arsenal make, but it shows they've managed to recover from any damage the Stuxnet worm may have done, and that they have no intention of deviating from their usual response to the rest of the world when the rest of the world tries to tell Iran what to do: