Reuters reported that Iran has full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the head of the Revolutionary Guards navy, General Alireza Tangsiri, said Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
About 20% of the world’s petroleum (about 35% of the petroleum traded by sea) passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade.
The Tasnim news agency report says
“Speaking to reporters in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad on Monday, Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said Iranian forces are vigilantly controlling the country’s southern waters in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Highlighting Iran’s intelligence dominance over the enemy and the constant monitoring of hostile forces in the Persian Gulf, the commander said, “We have a message for our Muslim neighbors, and have announced several times that we extend the hand of fraternity to you (the neighbors) and believe that the Persian Gulf is our home, so we can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the US and the countries whose home is not in here.”
Rear Admiral Tangsiri also said that deployment of foreign nuclear warships to the Persian Gulf, which is an enclosed sea, could create environmental problems in the region.
Refraining from dispatching nuclear vessels to their own waters, the outsiders send them to the Persian Gulf, causing problems for Iran and the other Persian Gulf neighbors, he deplored.
Iran has never launched any attack on other countries, the commander reiterated, saying the enemies have misrepresented the reality in order to deploy forces to the region and sell their weapons.
The presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf disrupts security in the region, he concluded.”
Back in July, the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said the Navy has ensured freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz but stressed that keeping the strait open hinges on the Islamic Republic’s interests. “The function of straits is heavily dependent on their being open; sanctions heavily affect the function,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi told reporters in a press conference in the northern city of Nowshahr on Tuesday.
“The (US) sanctions against Iran affect the functions of the Strait of Hormuz,” he said, adding that the strait is part of the interests of the Islamic Republic, and the Iranian Navy has already provided security for vessels passing the strait, and will powerful continue to do so.
“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.
In the meantime, Iran has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to lift the sanctions imposed by the US after it abandoned the deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Iranian lawyer Mohsen Mohebi said the US aimed to damage Iran’s economy “as severely as possible” and had violated a little-known 1955 friendship treaty.
The US is expected to argue that the sanctions do not breach the treaty.
Iran’s economy has slumped since US President Donald Trump ordered that the sanctions be reinstated in May.