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World Iran Warns U.S. on Naval Activity in the Gulf

03:02  29 may  2020
03:02  29 may  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Exclusive: Eying Iran, U.S. issues warning to stay 100 meters away from its warships

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Iran ’ s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled scores of new and upgraded defensive speedboats with a warning to the U . S . that it won’t shy away from Earlier this month, Iran ’ s regular navy lost 19 sailors in a friendly fire incident involving its own ships during a military exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

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(Bloomberg) -- Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled scores of new and upgraded defensive speedboats with a warning to the U.S. that it won’t shy away from challenging American naval power.

a group of people in front of a large crowd of people: Iranian troops march during the annual military parade in Tehran marking the anniversary of Iran's war with Iraq. © Photographer: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Iranian troops march during the annual military parade in Tehran marking the anniversary of Iran's war with Iraq.

“Today we announce that wherever the Americans are, we’re right there beside you, and in the near future you will sense us even more,” IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said on the sidelines of a ceremony in the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Thursday.

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President Trump said on Wednesday that he has told the Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian fast boats that harass American naval ships, in what

Long-running Iran - US tensions escalated again last week after the US conducted live-fire exercises in the Persian Gulf , just days after warning that any armed vessels approaching within 100 meters of a US ship would be interpreted “as contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities

While battling sanctions and a major coronavirus outbreak, Iran appears determined to keep striking a defiant tone as tensions with the U.S. simmer. A month ago, President Donald Trump ordered the navy to destroy any Iranian vessels harassing U.S. ships, after accusations that the IRGC’s craft dangerously approached American military vessels in what U.S. Central Command said were international waters.

It’s not clear if all the vessels shown at the ceremony were new or how many had been refurbished. The IRGC received a number of Ashoura and Zulfaghar-class vessels -- the same models unveiled Thursday -- from the Defense Ministry in March 2016, state TV reported at the time.

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China, Russia and Iran began a four-day joint military exercise in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman on Friday amid ongoing friction in the economically important region between Tehran and Washington.

In an alert that appeared aimed squarely at Iran , the U . S . Navy issued a warning on Tuesday to mariners in the Gulf to stay 100 meters (yards) away from U . S

Iran Ratchets Up Warnings to U.S. Over Tensions in Persian Gulf

Earlier this month, Iran’s regular navy lost 19 sailors in a friendly fire incident involving its own ships during a military exercise in the Gulf of Oman. The Guard is also building a new vessel that will be named after General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq in January, according to Tangsiri.

Hostilities between Iran and the U.S. have spiraled after Washington exited the multiparty 2015 nuclear deal that aimed to rejuvenate the Iranian economy and renewed sanctions on the country’s oil exports. It also designated the IRGC -- the largest branch of Iran’s armed forces -- a terrorist organization. Tensions almost spilled over into outright conflict after the U.S. killed Soleimani.

The Trump administration says it wants Iran to agree to a tougher deal on the Islamic Republic’s atomic program, and to roll back its military reach in the Middle East, including through groups like Hezbollah. Iran says it won’t negotiate until the U.S. returns to the original accord.

In its latest step, the U.S. on Wednesday ended sanctions waivers that allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to work at Iranian civilian nuclear sites.

“The Islamic Republic Iran will not back down nor will we bow before any enemy,” General Hossein Salami, commander of the IRGC, said in a speech broadcast on state TV. “Defense is our logic in war, but that defense does not mean passivity. Our operations and tactics are offensive and we’ve shown this in the field.”

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