Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States in opposition to its naval presence within the Gulf as they acquired 110 new fight vessels.
The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines, state tv reported.
“We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,” the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri stated throughout a ceremony in southern Iran.
Iran and the United States have gave the impression to be on the point of an all-out confrontation twice previously yr.
The newest confrontation between the arch-foes got here after the United States accused the Guards of harassing its ships within the Gulf in mid-April.
“Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,” stated Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami.
“But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,” he added, noting that Iran “will not bow down to any foe.”
According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to develop Iran’s naval energy till it will possibly adequately defend “territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy”.
Decades-old acrimony between the 2 worsened in 2018 when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a deal that gave Iran reduction from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.
Tensions escalated additional in January when a US air strike killed Qasem Soleimani, the highest Iranian normal who headed the Guards’ overseas arm, the Quds Force.