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Iran warns of tough response to threats

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-03205

TEHRAN (ISNA)-An Iranian official said the country's Navy would confront threats harshly in the Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf or Oman Sea.

Iran's Deputy Navy Commander Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem-Bigham said Sunday Iran’s Navy is fully equipped to take control of the Strait of Hormuz.

Khadem-Bigham referred to the U.K. decision to send an advanced flotilla to the region and Iranian officials’ warning to the U.S. on not returning aircraft carrier to the Strait of Hormuz and said, "In my viewpoint, the U.S. flotillas which have already been in the region are much more advanced comparing to the ones made by the U.K., and there will be no problem, if one ship is added to them.”

He pointed out the U.S. and the U.K. objective in taking some position is to make the region insecure and justify the presence of foreigners in the area.

Iranian Deputy Navy Commander referred to Iranian Navy's 10-day “Velayat-e 90” drill began December 24, noting Iran held the exercise to evaluate the readiness of Navy's personnel and the equipment.

“Iran only calls for regional peace and security through cooperation of regional countries without the presence of cross-regional and hegemonic powers,” Khadem-Bigham noted.

Bigham referred to Iran’s previous cooperation with regional countries on naval security practices, adding Iran’s Navy is ready to carry out joint exercises with neighboring countries for strengthening unity and cleaning the area from foreigners.

He pointed to response of regional countries to Iran’s invitation for cooperation to establish regional peace and security, adding Iran is waiting to receive response from its regional states.

The Deputy Navy Commander highlighted Iran’s capability on electronic war, noting the country has made considerable progress in this regard.

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