Iran monitors US warships movement in Persian Gulf: Navy chiefSeptember 5th, 2012 - 12:29 am ICT by IANS
Tehran, Sep 4 (IANS) Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Tuesday that the Iranian naval forces enjoy full intelligence command over all the movements of U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, reported Xinhua, citing Press TV.
“We monitor all the movements of US warships and have intelligence command over their activities,” Sayyari was quoted as saying by the channel.
“The presence of US warships in the free waters of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman is in accordance with international law and we have not allowed the US to enter our territorial waters,” said the Iranian commander.
The kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf is home to US Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet.
The US and over 25 other countries will hold the largest scale mine-sweeping exercise on Sep 16-27 in the Persian Gulf, in a show of unity and a defensive step to prevent Iran from attempting to block oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz.
Under Western sanction pressures on Iran’s oil exports, a number of Iranian commanders have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and to block the flow of oil through this international waterway.
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