Iran’s top military chief says hostile countries will face the strong reaction of Iran’s naval forces if they do anything against international law in the Persian Gulf, particularly the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Speaking in a meeting with personnel and commanders of the IRGC’s naval forces in Mashhad, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned the US against military confrontations with the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf.
“Enemies should know that the Persian Gulf is not a good place for war and clashes,” he noted.
“Thanks to the preparedness of IRGC naval forces, hostile countries become anxious when entering the Hormuz Strait. [As a result of this fear] they have behaved within the international law during the past year. If they make any move against it [the international law], they will face confrontation and controlling measures by the IRGC naval forces,” he said.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have seen a surge since US President Donald Trump took office January 2017.
Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May, and is returning its anti-Iran sanctions suspended under the nuclear accord.
Washington is also working to push the world to cut trade with Iran and stop purchasing the country’s oil. Iran has vowed to hamper the region’s oil flow in case the US cut down to zero Iran’s oil exports.