Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has slammed the recent U.S. accusations against its naval forces, calling them “fake” and “Hollywood scenarios.”
On April 15, the U.S. Navy accused the IRGC’s naval forces of harassing six of its warships in the north Persian Gulf. The Navy released videos showing Iranian patrol boat crossing the bows and sterns of the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds.
A recent video released by #Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps shows the IRGC Navy warning off a flotilla of US warships in the #PersianGulf as they try to approach the Iranian territorial waters. https://t.co/2xV2pZWWUY pic.twitter.com/xXGj0cSY0u
— Press TV (@PressTV) April 19, 2020
In a new statement, the IRGC said it recently increased its patrols in the Persian Gulf “to prevent the continued illegal, unprofessional, dangerous, and even adventurous behavior” of the U.S. Navy, as well as to “strengthen the security of domestic vessels and combat fuel smuggling.”
“In this regard, on April 15, after announcing the shooting situation in the training areas already marked with special coordinations on the map, the IRGC Navy sent 11 high-speed boats that they have encountered with US warships. Despite the unprofessional and provocative actions of American terrorists and their indifference to warnings, they were forced to withdraw from the IRGC naval vessels,” the IRGC Navy said in the statement, that was released on April 19, adding “the U.S. Navy, in its official statement, presented an incorrect and purposeful story of the incident, which indicates that the Americans are interested in the Hollywood scenarios.”
The IRGC went on to warn the U.S. against “any adventures or false and fake scenarios,” saying that “Iran will consider the dangerous behavior of foreigners in the region as a threat to their national security, and give a definite response to any computational error.”
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) April 19, 2020
The statement reflects Iran’s determination to deter U.S. forces in the Middle East. Washington has been working to contain Tehran’s influence in the region, including in the Persian Gulf, as a part of its “maximum pressure” campaign. This policy has yielded no success, thus far.