Israel’s presence in the Persian Gulf may lead to a war in the region, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri told Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen.
“The United States and the United Kingdom must assume responsibility for the Zionist regime’s illegal presence in the Persian Gulf waters.”
“Any presence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region,” Tangsiri warned.
Tangsiri alleged that the US and UK are responsible for the situation in the Persian Gulf, mostly by fabricating the various scenarios that they use as justification for their deployments.
Admiral Tangsiri said the IRGC Navy is responsible for ensuring the security of the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and “we don’t need the presence of foreigners.”
“The security of Persian Gulf is among Iran’s priorities, and we believe Iran’s shipping lanes must remain international,” he added.
“Iran is the flag-bearer of security in the Persian Gulf, but that hinges on the export of our oil and the country’s ability to use the region. We’ll ensure the security of Persian Gulf as long as our own security is ensured,” the Admiral concluded.
Finally, Tangsiri warned that any vessel that Iran wishes to seize in the Persian Gulf or the Strait of Hormuz could easily be seized and the US or UK couldn’t impede it. This goes in line with a recent video released of Iranian speed boats chasing a warship in the Persian Gulf.
Around the same time, Iran unveiled a new air defense system – the Khorad 15, according to ISNA.
“The ‘Khordad 15’ air defense system is a symbol of self –esteem, manufactured by Iranian experts,” Defense Minister Amir Hatami said, “It’s an important defensive and advanced achievement, based on today’s world technology.”
According to the defense minister, the system is capable of detecting fighter jets and combat drones at the distance of 150 kilometers and tracking them within 120 kilometers.
The advanced system can also detect stealth targets up to 85 kilometers away and engage and destroy them within 45 kilometers.
“Khordad 15” is designed to simultaneously detect, intercept and shoot six targets, it can also be prepared for action in less than five minutes, the defense minister noted.
This came after on August 7th, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that the country would take part in the US-led Naval mission to ensure security in the Persian Gulf. It is likely that Tel’Aviv would only take part by providing intelligence and “other” activities, but will not deploy ships.
On August 9th, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi warned that the country considers possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security, and reserves the right to counter it.
“Within the framework of the country’s deterrence and defensive policy, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to counter this threat and defend its territory. The US regime and the illegitimate Zionist regime are responsible for all the consequences of this dangerous move.
On August 8th, Defense Minister Amir Hatami warned that a US-led naval mission would only “increase insecurity” and that Israeli involvement would have “disastrous consequences.”
“The military coalition that America is seeking to form with the excuse of securing maritime transport will only increase insecurity in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US Maritime Administration issued an advisory warning that vessels may encounter GPS jamming, misleading communications and other harassment from Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf region.
Tensions in the region pose serious threats to commercial vessels, MARAD warned. Vessels operating in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Gulf of Oman may encounter “GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.”
Guidance in case of Iranian “aggression” were also posted, for US commercial vessels to follow on and possibly set the situation up one false flag away from war.
- Ensure AIS is transmitting at all times
- Monitor VHF Channel 16
- Register with both the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) and U.S. Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Watch when entering the Indian Ocean Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA)
- Provide detailed transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz (SoH) and Persian Gulf (PG) to UKMTO and U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS
- In the event of any incident or suspicious activity, call UKMTO or Fifth Fleet and activate the SSAS
- Answer all VHF calls from coalition navies
- Report any calls from a source falsely claiming to be a U.S. or coalition naval vessel to Fifth Fleet.
- If hailed by Iranian forces, U.S. flag commercial vessels should affirm that they are proceeding in accordance with international law and notify Fifth Fleet
- If Iranian forces seek to board a U.S. flag commercial vessel, the ship’s Master should, if the safety of the ship and crew would not be compromised, decline permission to board and immediately notify Fifth Fleet
- If Iranian forces board a U.S. flagged commercial vessel, the crew should not forcibly resist the boarding party. Refraining from forcible resistance does not imply consent or agreement to that boarding.
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