Iranian officials say oil exports from the east of the Strait of Hormuz, where over 30 percent of the global seaborne oil traffic is handled, will be possible by early 2021 thanks to a major pipeline project which aims to pump crude to the eastern end of the waterway.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi says the Islamic Republic will give a rapid and crushing response to any act of aggression, reiterating that Iran’s military capabilities are for defence.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that the Israeli regime cannot even ensure its own security in the region, let alone the safety of navigation in the Persian Gulf.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying recent US weapons sales have turned the Persian Gulf region into a "tinderbox ready to blow up".
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that any Israeli presence in the Persian Gulf may result in a war in the region, and the responsibility for the consequences of such illegal presence lies with the US and the UK.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the security of Persian Gulf must be ensured by its littoral states, not foreign forces whose presence brings nothing but insecurity.
The Iranian president says the United States' plan to create a naval coalition in the strategic Strait of Hormuz south of Iran is a dangerous move.
The recent downing of the US’ Global Hawk spy drone by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is evidence of Iran’s advanced defensive capability, says an Iran-based Turkish journalist.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the presence of ultra-regional forces in the Persian Gulf will only disrupt security and stability in the region.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says the possible Israeli presence in a self-proclaimed US-led military coalition in the Persian Gulf is a clear threat to Iran’s national security, and the country reserves the right to counter it.