“The smallest moves in the country’s water borders, particularly in the Persian Gulf, are watched by the Navy with full might and no move is hidden from the IRGC’s sharp eyes,” said Brigadier General Alireza Tangsiri, speaking to IRNA Friday night.
The commander said the IRGC’s naval forces have proven their capabilities numerous times.
“The mighty presence of the IRGC Navy in the Persian Gulf waters using modern and advanced equipment is a strong barrier against the enemies and this power and vigilance has been proved to the enemy seeveral times in recent years,” he said.
The Persian Gulf has seen frequent encounters between Iranian patrol vessels and US warships in recent years.
Such encounters have continued in recent months, after US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017 and tensions between Tehran and Washington rose.
Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018 and returned anti-Iran sanctions suspended under the accord.
Washington is also working to push the world to cut trade with Iran and stop purchasing the country’s oil.
Tehran has suggested it would move to block other countries’ oil exports, which are mainly moved through the Strait of Hormuz, in case the US carries out its threat to cut down to zero Iran’s oil sale.