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Iran Renews Warning to Shut Strait of Hormuz in Case of Slightest Military Action by Enemies

26 July 2016 16:56

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Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Shadmani renewed Tehran’s threat that the country would block the Strait of Hormuz if it is faced with enemies’ direct military action.

“If the enemy makes a small mistake, we will shut the Strait of Hormuz, kill their sedition in the bud and endanger the arrogant powers’ interests,” General Shadmani said, addressing a gathering in the Western city of Kermanshah on Tuesday.

His remarks came after Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned the US in May to avoid crisis escalation, and said the Iranian Armed Forces will stop and block the passage of any vessel that they deem as a threat in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Salami pointed to the US presence in the region, and said, “We warn the Americans not to repeat their past mistakes and they should learn from historical realities.”

Elsewhere, General Shadmani blamed the US for supporting the terrorist groups in the region to guarantee the Zionist regime’s survival, and said, “The Islamic Revolution has endangered the life of the Quds Occupying Regime and today the resistance front has grown across the world.”

In order to loot the Muslims’ resources in the region, the arrogant powers need autocratic rulers like the Arab Sheikhdoms who easily surrender themselves to the aliens, he added.

In relevant remarks in August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted Israel for its support for the terrorist groups, and said the regime was created and continues its life based on terrorism.

“Certain governments are created based on terrorism and see their survival in light of terrorism and its clear instance is the fake Zionist regime in the Palestinian territories,” Rouhani said at the time.

“The (Israeli) government and regime basically started its job based on intimidation, terrorism and occupation and today it is continuing the same anti-human path,” he added.

Elsewhere, Rouhani blasted the western states’ double-standard approach towards terrorism, and said, “Terrorism will not be annihilated as long as collective determination and real resolve is not created in the world.”

“Today, there are powers in Europe and the US which keep mum on a terrorist grouplet and support a terrorist regime but are opposed to another terrorist group,” he said.

Rouhani referred to the spread of terrorism in the world since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite the western powers’ mottoes about campaign against terrorist groups, and asked how the world powers claim that they are unaware of the way the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria make revenues through crude sales to the regional countries, while the same powers say that they can identify the vehicles’ plate numbers with the help of their satellites.

He also voiced regret that certain regional Muslim states support terrorism and supply the terrorist groups with weapons and financial resource, and said, “Don’t they think that one day it will be their turn? No doubt that any regional country that helps the terrorists and massacre of innocents and Muslims, terrorism will backfire on them sooner or later.”

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