In the latest installment of Iranian saber-rattling, Iran says it has full control of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and that the the U.S. Navy does not belong there. Or that’s what Iran’s state media outlet Tasnim news agency reported Monday as being said by General Alireza Tangsiri, the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. In other words, Iran is trying to claim the upper-hand on oil shipping routes.
Tangsiri went on to say that military action could be taken to blockade other countries’ oil exports in retaliation for U.S. sanctions. The U.S. Navy has an active presence in the region to protect these routes. However, in separate remarks Revolutionary Guards Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned the enemies of Iran would not prevail.
“The enemies are strictly avoiding any conflict with Iran because they know that it will not be beneficial for them,” he told reporters.
More from Reuters:
Tension between Iran and the United States has escalated since President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and reimposed sanctions.
Senior U.S. officials have said they aim to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most senior authority in the Islamic Republic, said last month that he supports the idea that if Iran is not allowed to export oil then no country should export oil from the Gulf.