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Top IRGC Commander Warns US Navy to Return to Bay of Pigs

21 September 2016 23:12

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari described the US Navy behavior as a source of concern, and cautioned Washington to withdraw its naval forces from the vital waterway.

“The Americans have incurred costs on themselves and certain countries as a result of their unbalanced attitude and lack of control and intelligence superiority,” General Jafari told reporters in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday on the sidelines of the nationwide parades.

He referred to earlier remarks by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei who had called for the US return to its territorial waters, and said, “The Americans had better avoid any further waste of the US citizens’ capital and wealth through their evil and harmful presence in the Persian Gulf and go back to the Bay of Pigs to show off their power and adventurism.”

“The Persian Gulf is our home and we are highly sensitive to the enemies’ prowling around our home,” General Jafari said.

In relevant remarks in May, Ayatollah Khamenei had also blasted the US military presence in the Persian Gulf region and interference in Iran’s internal affairs, and said Tehran would powerfully continue its military drills in the region irrespective of Washington opposition.

“Today, the enemies utter words bigger than their mouths; for instance they develop plans to bring to a halt Iran’s military wargames in the Persian Gulf, what a foolish remark,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large gathering of Iranian teachers and professors on the occasion of Teachers Day in Iran.

Warning that the Iranian nation has the needed capability to respond to the enemies’ excessive demands, he said, “The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home and the Persian Gulf and a large section of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation; therefore, we should be present in the region, hold wargames and display our power and it is the Americans who should say why they have come from that side of the world and stage drills in here. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there. What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home.”

“The excessive demands of the powers should be confronted this way,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

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