The spokesman for Iran’s IRGC confirmed on Sunday that Iranian forces have successfully staged a drill in Persian Gulf earlier this week, saying the maneuver was carried out as part of the IRGC’s annual schedule.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the presence of American military forces in the Persian Gulf and has questioned why US forces are “in Iran's backyard” some 7,000 miles away from home.
Iran's Navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi says Iranian maritime forces will continue to secure free navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, but keeping the Strait open depends on the interests of Iran.
James Stavridis, a retired US Navy admiral and former military commander of NATO, says Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz must be taken seriously by the US, because reopening it would be a longer process than many people suspect.
Iran’s top officer Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the Iranian Armed Forces and the country’s defence power will never let the US president realize his anti-Iran plots.
The spokesman for IRGC has rejected a claim by US President Donald Trump that his though stance against Iran has ended confrontations between Iranian and US forces in the Persian Gulf, saying the real reason is that the US vessels have found who is in charge in Iran’s southern waters.
US President Donald Trump has rehashed its claim that Iranian speedboats have avoided conducting patrols around American vessels in the Persian Gulf during his presidency.
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it stands ready to put in action President Hassan Rouhani's latest position that if Tehran were not able to export its crude oil through the Strait of Hormuz, no other country would be able to do so.
IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani has thanked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his recent remarks on the US’ bid to cut Iran's oil exports as well as his comments on the Zionist regime of Israel.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the downing of an Iranian civilian plane by the US Navy over Persian Gulf waters, saying the nation would never forget the “terrible” crime committed by Americans.