According to the Iranian state-controlled Mehr News Agency, Ramezan Zirrahi, Iran’s senior navy commander, threatened on Tuesday that the “United States will see Iran’s offensive might” in response to any violent altercation that happens in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian admiral was reportedly quick to warn that any enemies of the Islamic Republic “do not dare to cross Iran’s territorial waters” while speaking in Bushehr, a southern port city in Iran.
“The Persian Gulf is always monitored day and night,” the admiral continued. He went on to add that the offensive, defensive, and drone power of Iran has significantly increased in dealing with enemies throughout the Persian Gulf.
“America and the adversary countries in the Persian Gulf do not have the power and courage to stop the vessels of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because they know that there will be a tough attack against them,” Zirrahi continued.
Iran and the United States were involved in a maritime altercation earlier this year. The U.S. went on to confiscate an oil tanker identified with an Iranian flag that had anchored in Greece. More recently, Iran’s navy seized two United States Navy “small data collection vessels” in September. Iranian officials claimed they found the two vessels “abandoned on the international shipping route.”
Iran has also been involved in another Gulf conflict with the United Arab Emirates disputing claims to three islands in the Strait of Hormuz. During last month’s 77th annual United Nations General Assembly, the UAE called for Iran to “end its occupation of the three islands.”
The Jerusalem Post reported in September that Arab countries in the Persian Gulf were warned by the IRGC chief of staff, saying that they “expect the Persian Gulf countries to watch out for the mischief of the Zionists.” Another report from The Jerusalem Post claimed that Iran is cautious that an increase in Israel’s influence and role with the Abraham Accords could give Israel a new position in the Persian Gulf.
The threat from the Iranian naval commander follows the failure of yet another round of negotiations to return to the JCPOA. Additional tension has been created with the United States brokering a deal on the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon.
The Biden administration gives in more and more every time they enter a new round of negotiations with Iran. Between the threats and the regime killing women for not properly covering their heads, when is a line finally drawn with no more negotiations on a new nuclear deal with Iran?
Jeffrey‘s a senior writer with ThinkCivics and a freelance journalist with The Jerusalem Post. He’s a published author, earned an associate’s degree in theology, and is pursuing a master’s degree in communications with a focus on journalism.