IslamNews – The Iranian naval chief has promised to respond to any form of aggression from Iran’s “foes” with a “crushing” return of force, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
At a high-level meeting involving the naval commanders of the Iranian army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iranian Army Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that the Iran guarantees the security of the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, adding that its presence within these waters has deterred any threats in the region.
Khazadi went on to further boast about the cooperation between the army, navy and the IRGC, claiming that it stands to deter any “destabilizing measures by interventionist forces,” IRNA stated.
Navy Commander of IRGC Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, added that the “harmony” between the three factions – who signed a memorandum of understanding to address a number of areas of cooperation – remains strong and will not fade.
Tangsiri added that Iranian enemies have been “shocked” by Iran’s naval capabilities, according to the report.
Iran has recently conducted several military exercises and has held joint military training sessions in the Indian Ocean as it tries to push the United States to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Tensions have risen in the Gulf region since the United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018 after then-president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.