Iranian navy in control of Persian Gulf, army commander
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA -- Head of the Armed Forces Headquarters, Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi, said on Monday that the Iranian Navy is in full control of the passage of foreign vessels to the Persian Gulf.
'Iranian navy warships are stationed in the Persian Gulf waters and they permit the transit of foreign ships after registering their name and other details,' he added.
He noted that the transit of American, British, French and Russian vessels to the Persian Gulf are taking place for many years and it shows their grudge for the region's oil resources.
'The foreign countries have signed pacts with each other according to which each of them account for some the expenses of their presence in the region for plundering the region's oil resources,' Major-General Firouzabadi said.
He pointed out that the southern territorial coast of the Islamic Republic of Iran spread from the north of the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Hormuz.
Major-General Firouzabadi referred to the location of Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf where huge oil and economic resources are placed.
He said that the Iranian navy fleet is in full control of the region investigating destination and cargo of any ship or vessel moving to pass through the area.
'Transit of ships via Persian Gulf is not illegal, but presence of foreign warships in the Persian Gulf on the pretext of thwarting threats is unacceptable,' Major-General Firouzabadi added.
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