Tehran said it would not allow US helicopters to fly over Iranian oil rigs

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Tehran will not allow US helicopters to fly over Iranian oil rigs in the Persian Gulf. This was announced on Saturday by the commander of the naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC, elite units of the Iranian Armed Forces) Alireza Tangsiri.

“We will not tolerate Americans checking our fishing vessels and US helicopters flying over our oil rigs in the region,” the Young Journalists Club quoted him as saying . At the same time, the military added that “the Persian Gulf is the home of Iran, and Tehran does not seek to foment [conflict] in it.”

According to Tangsiri, “with the departure of the Americans, the region will be freed from problems, and security will come in the Persian Gulf.”

The press service of the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy on April 15 issued a statement according to which military boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps made dangerous maneuvers near several US warships in the Persian Gulf. After that, US President Donald Trump said he had instructed the Navy to destroy any Iranian boats that would obstruct American ships at sea.

The IRGC commander, Hossein Salami, responded on April 23 that the Iranian armed forces will attack US ships that threaten the country’s security.

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