It’s Persian Gulf, And Not Arabian Sea…
Iran has once again made clear that it has full control over the Gulf region, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying that if Iran is not allowed to export oil, then no country should export oil from the Gulf. Khamenei, the senior most authority in the Islamic Republic, made the comment soon after Tehran hinted that it could take military action in the Gulf to block oil exports of other countries in retaliation for US sanctions intended to halt the West Asian nation’s oil sales. It is to be noted that Washington had sent a fleet to the Gulf in July in order to protect the oil shipping routes.
Earlier, head of the Navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards General Alireza Tangsiri said that the US Navy had no right to stay in the Gulf region and Tehran had every right to take military action against the US. According to General Tangsiri, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz are strategically very important, as shipping can be blocked by closing the strait.
Speaking at an event in the Iranian capital a couple of days ago, the senior Navy officer said: “We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens, like the US and the countries whose home is not in here.” General Tangsiri further said: “All the carriers and military and non-military ships will be controlled and there is full supervision over the Persian Gulf. Our presence in the region is physical and constant and night and day.”
For his part, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari stressed that Iran’s enemies would not prevail in a conflict. “The enemies are strictly avoiding any conflict with Iran because they know that it will not be beneficial for them,” he added.
The relation between Iran and the US touched a new low in May after President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and re-imposed economic sanctions on Tehran. Senior US officials have openly said that their main aim was to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero.
Meanwhile, Khamenei strongly criticised the US for triggering a fresh tension in the region, saying that it would not be possible for Washington to put Tehran under diplomatic pressure with the help of Saudi Arabia and Israel (the two regional powers).
Foreign policy experts are of the opinion that the Trump administration could not isolate Iran, as it maintains cordial ties with China and Russia. Some other Asian nations, like India, Pakistan and Syria, too, enjoy friendly ties with the Islamic Republic and they are eager to strengthen trade ties with Tehran.
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