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Persian Gulf A Hell for US: IRGC General

The American forces come under intense psychological pressure whenever they enter the Persian Gulf and consider the area as a hell, deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said.

Addressing a conference on Thursday, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the IRGC Navy has established such high level of dominance in the Persian Gulf that any foreign vessel entering the area is obligated to communicate with the Iranian forces in Persian language.

He said the American and European warships had to follow the rule after a short period and began to respond to the Iranian naval forces in Persian.

“They (foreign forces) come under strong pressure in encounters with us (in the Persian Gulf). The number of American naval accidents has risen greatly, which results from the psychological pressure on them,” the general added.

“Whenever they (Americans) enter the Persian Gulf, they say among themselves that ‘we entered the hell’. Also, whenever they leave the Persian Gulf, they say ‘we got out of the hell’. They are in tough mental and psychological conditions,” Rear Admiral Fadavi noted.

The IRGC Navy is in charge of ensuring security in Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

In remarks in 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 US claim of seeking security in the region.

“The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei has also called for the enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance with the merit of the Islamic Establishment.

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