IRGC Commander Warns of 'Serious Consequences' of US Acts in Persian Gulf

Jul 30, 2017, 00:56
IRGC Commander Warns of 'Serious Consequences' of US Acts in Persian Gulf

The Iranian vessels ignored the flares, and the US ships later left the area, CNN reported.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday, Brigadier General Sanaei-Rad denounced a recent move by United States warships to approach IRGC vessels in the Persian Gulf as "provocative".

DUBAI-Iran said Saturday that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired warning rounds at its vessels in the Persian Gulf, the second such incident this week as political tensions between the longtime rivals flare.

In January, the USS Mahan fired shots toward Iranian fast-attack boats as they neared the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran said the incident took place near one of its oil and gas fields in the Persian Gulf.

"In a provocative and unprofessional action, the Americans fired flares to warn the Zolfaqar flotilla vessels", the statement of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) read as quoted by the Tasnim news agency.

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Iranian forces view the American presence in the Gulf as provocative. The US navy's Bahrain-based fifth fleet had no immediate comment.

Earlier this week, the USS Thunderbolt patrol ship fired several warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Gulf.

Under the terms of the deal, Iran agreed to increased inspection of its nuclear facilities in return for a range of sanctions being dropped.

In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the USA claim of seeking security in the region.

On Saturday Iran's foreign ministry said the missile program is part of "domestic policy of the country, deterrent and at service of regional peace and security".

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