Iran Navy to keep operating in Gulf despite US warning

Iran Navy to keep operating in Gulf despite US warning

The Iranian navy said it will maintain regular missions in the Gulf despite US President Donald Trump’s threat to fire on any Iranian ships that harass US Navy vessels.

“The naval units of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman will continue their regular missions in accordance with professional principles as in the past,” ISNA quoted an unnamed military official as saying.

The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRG) last month said Tehran would destroy any US warships that threatened Iran security is in the Gulf.

Yesterday, the US warned mariners there to stay away from US warships.

The Bahrain-based US Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement its notice was “designed to enhance safety, minimize ambiguity and reduce the risk of miscalculation”.

Tensions between Iran and the US has risen since 2018, when Trump quit Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country that crippled its economy.

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