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US root cause of mischief in Persian Gulf: Iranian Commander

8 October 2016 19:48



A senior commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States is not authorized to interfere in the affairs of West Asia and the Persian Gulf, stressing that Washington is the root cause of mischief in the region.

“They [the US] are conducting their acts of mischief in the Persian Gulf and the West Asian regions … with two objectives. Their first objective is to fulfill their own interests and the second one is to show their hostility towards [Iran’s] Islamic Revolution,” Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the IRGC Navy, said on Saturday, Press TV reported.

Despite the enemy’s mischief, there is sustainable security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz thanks to the Islamic Revolution’s power, he added.

“The Islamic Iran opposes any move which will harm sustainable security [in the Persian Gulf] and will carry out necessary measures to safeguard such sustainable security because all people around the world will benefit from this security,” the Iranian commander said.

Fadavi emphasized that the IRGC Navy is responsible for maintaining security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and will fulfill the important duty “in the best form and with full power.”

The commander further emphasized that global economy and development depend on security in the Persian Gulf because the region holds the main source of energy in the world.

Fadavi’s remarks came after the IRGC on Wednesday issued a stern warning to all military vessels partaking in Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war games in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, saying any act of transgression into Iran’s territorial waters would be met with an immediate and befitting response.

The strongly-worded statement addressed all Saudi and non-Saudi naval vessels that were part of the maneuvers, suggesting that the IRGC views the ongoing war games as an evident attempt to foment tensions and compromise sustainable security in the Persian Gulf.

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