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Iran Naval forces have orders to target US vessels if harassed: IRGC chief cmdr.


The chief commander of Iranís Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has downplayed a recent USí anti-Iran rhetoric, warning that the Islamic Republic will target American vessels if they were to threaten the safety of the countryís vessels or warships.

Major General Hossein Salami made the comment in response to a threat by US President Donald Trump that American forces in the Persian Gulf have been directed to shoot Iranian boats "out of the water."

"We declare to them that we are absolutely determined and serious in defending our national security, water borders and maritime interests, and that any move [against us] will be effectively and swiftly met with a decisive, effective response," Major General Hossein Salami said on Thursday.

The top commander said that Iran has ordered its naval units "to target any flotilla or military unit of the US Navyís terrorist forces if they were to put at risk the safety of our vessels or warships."

Stressing that Iran is determined to employ all its capabilities and potential to safeguard the vital interests of the Iranian people, the top IRGC commander said, "We resolutely, effectively and confidently stand up against the threats that jeopardize our national security and territorial integrity; this is not a path that we will walk away from and will keep treading it by Godís grace."

The remarks came after US President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he had told the United States Navy to "shoot down and destroy" Iranian gunboats that "harass" US ships, without citing a specific event in his tweet or providing details.

He said later in the day that US Navy ships would shoot "out of the water" Iranian gunboats that get too close.

The remarks come in the wake of a US Navy statement published last week that claimed 11 IRGC boats had closed in on six US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf "in dangerous and harassing approaches."The IRGC dismissed the claims that the Iranian forces behaved in a dangerous manner, calling the US account of the encounter a "Hollywood tale."

Emphasizing that Iran sees guaranteeing the security of the Persian Gulf region as part of its strategy to defend its interests at sea, the IRGC chief commander said in his Thursday remarks that "the American vessels had caused trouble for our logistics ship," and described their behavior as "unprofessional and perilous."

He said that the Iranian vessels were just conducting their routine patrols, but the Americans were scared, which suggested that the their "command and control over their military units have been weakened" by the current coronavirus pandemic that has severely gripped the US, where a total of849,092 people have been infected with the virus and more than 47,000 have died.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that its national sovereignty constitutes a redline, and that it would not compromise its security and interest at any cost.


SOURCE: PRESS TV

 

LINK: https://www.ansarpress.com/english/16252


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