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IRGC Declares That It’s Ready To ‘Target’ US Warships If They Threaten Iran In Persian Gulf

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IRGC Declares That It's Ready To 'Target' US Warships If They Threaten Iran In Persian Gulf

Speedboats of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are seen during major drills in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf code-named the Great Prophet 9 on February 25, 2015.

The chief commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned the US leadership that Iran will target US ships if they threaten the safety of the country’s vessels or warships.

“We declare to them that we are absolutely determined and serious in defending our national security, water borders and maritime interests, and that any move [against us] will be effectively and swiftly met with a decisive, effective response,” Major General Hossein Salami said on April 23.

He emphasized that Iranian naval forces have been ordered “to target any flotilla or military unit of the US Navy’s terrorist forces if they were to put at risk the safety of our vessels or warships.”

“We resolutely, effectively and confidently stand up against the threats that jeopardize our national security and territorial integrity; this is not a path that we will walk away from and will keep treading it by God’s grace.”

The statement of the IRGC chief came in response to a statement by US President Donald Trump that he had ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats that “harass” US ships.

Earlier in April, the US military said that 11 IRGC Navy fast attack craft came close to U.S. Navy and coast guard ships in the Persian Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative”.

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