Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his forces will stage massive wargames in international waters this year, adding that other specialized drills using missiles and submarines are also on the agenda.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari censured Saudi Arabia for its attempts to politicize the issue of Hajj pilgrimage and its refusal to cooperate with the Islamic Republic to facilitate the travel of Iranian pilgrims to the Arab country for the upcoming Hajj.
Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says Tehran supports moves like the Doha conference which are aimed at tackling the consistent market volatility, saying that OPEC member "Iran has never had a role in the market instability".
Saudi Arabian officials have invited Iran's hajj authorities for talks on resuming the dispatch of the Islamic Republic pilgrims to the Kingdom, says Deputy Head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi.
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said: “Iran’s centrifuge machines can help in the development of the region’s oil and gas industries at a reasonable price.”
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said that Saudi Arabia is not in a position to impose an embargo on oil tankers buying Iranian crude oil.
A senior Iranian official has warned that instigating insecurity and tension in the Persian Gulf would be detrimental to the entire region.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy seized two US Navy combat vessels that had entered Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, capturing 10 US sailors.
Repetition of the baseless allegations has no effect on the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Iran has protested at the use by the German top diplomat of a fake name for the Persian Gulf at a press conference in Riyadh.