IRGC Navy Chief Says Iran Has Full Control Of Persian Gulf

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IRGC Navy Chief Says Iran Has Full Control Of Persian Gulf

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On August 27th, Alireza Tangsiri, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s navy chief announced that Iran has full control of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, as reported by Tasnim news Agency.

As cited by the Tasnim News Agency, the new commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy said there is no place for foreign forces, like the US navy, in the Persian Gulf, warning against the environmental problems that could be caused by the presence of foreign nuclear warships in the Persian Gulf. He also said that Iran was not hostile towards its Muslim neighbors and that it extends “the hand of fraternity” to them, in believing that the Persian Gulf is their home and that it does not require the presence of aliens such as the US.

Ayatollah Khamenei has, as early as 2016, underlined that the security of the Persian Gulf region is up to the region’s countries alone and dismissed any US claims of seeking security in the region. “The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Leader said.

On August 23rd, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Rear Admiral Tangsiri as commander of the IRGC Navy. According to the Leader, the decision for the appointment has been made at the IRGC commander’s suggestion and with regard to the new commander’s “commitment, competency and valuable experiences.” Tangsiri succeeds Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi. Fadavi was praised by the Ayatollah for his sincere efforts in the office. In a separate decree by the Leader, Rear Admiral Fadavi was appointed as the IRGC deputy commander for coordination.

On July 31st, Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that the Iranian Navy has ensured freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, but he emphasized that keeping the strait open threatens Iran’s interests. “The function of straits is heavily dependent on their being open; sanctions heavily affect the function,” he said, cited by Tasnim News Agency. “However, the Strait of Hormuz remaining open hinges on Iran’s interests and the international community should live up to its obligations towards the Islamic Republic,” the commander said.

Earlier in August 2018, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held massive military drills in the Persian Gulf, which were seen as a clear show of force to the US. The IRGC also said they were ready to disrupt other countries’ oil shipments through the strait if Iran’s own exports were impeded.

Sputnik cited the Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati who said at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow that if Iran was not permitted to export its oil via the strait, no other Middle Eastern state would be able to do so.

As reported by Tasnim News Agency, Ayatollah Khamenei has also called for the enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance.

Iranian officials have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, thus cutting 20% of oil shipments in retaliation to US sanctions. The US sanctions which are to be imposed on Iran after the May 8th US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal have prompted Iran to protect its interests and have further strained the tension between Washington and Tehran.

On August 6th, the first batch of US sanctions was imposed. The second batch is to come in November and it targets Iran’s energy sector and oil exports. Therefore, prompting Iran to threaten to retaliate by blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran has several times in the past threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, however it has never brought any of the threats to fruition. As reported by Reuters, Washington maintains a fleet in the Gulf which protects oil shipping routes.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    It is my opinion if the US dispute the ability of Iran, to police their own territorial water, then they should impose of them a no swim zone.

    • Snowglobe

      lol!

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      yes only iran has the right to impose a no swim zone

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        They already have I been sarcastic

        • FlorianGeyer

          I think Assad was entering into the spirit of your comment with you Promitheas :)

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            what I mean is Iran declared, control over the straight and is cooperating on this with china and oman.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Yes, I read somewhere that circa 80% of the oil traffic through the Gulf of Hormuz goes to non US Coalition countries.

    • FlorianGeyer

      The US would get really really cross if there was a ‘ No Gays Sunbathing Zone ‘ imposed by Iran :)

      • Barba_Papa

        Not just the US. LGBT rights, Muslim immigrants and women’s rights, in that order, those seem to be the triggers that cause the politically correct classes to go apeshit in the media. Gotta make the world safe for our new Overlords!

        • FlorianGeyer

          Its front page news in the UK Daily Telegraph today that Pakistani male and Labour Party Muslim MP who has been shagging his Jewish female aid. She is on the list of those ‘victims ‘ that often complain of anti-Semitism.

          Perhaps she was the one to instigated the shagging ( for political leverage perhaps ) , who knows :)

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    very good :))

  • Blas de Lezo

    Sowing lots of mines, spilling lots of oil on top and covering those minefields with anti air anti ship missiles would be very hard to counter.

    • leon mc pilibin

      Why would IRAN want to pollute its own envioronment ,there is more than one way to skin a cat.

  • World_Eye

    Good and nice…Now to be clear to every western neocon or eastern wahhabi morons…

  • ColinNZ

    Iran is more than capable of disrupting oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, in particular it’s relatively advanced small submarines are almost impossible to detect and could sink oil tankers at will. Thus no tankers (nor their insurers) will risk trying to transport their oil through the Strait if Iran declares it ‘closed’.

  • Sinbad2

    No need to fire a single shot, just scuttle some tankers in the narrow passage and it would take years to clear.