Earlier on April 19, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that any illegal actions by Washington in the Persian Gulf would entail a response from Iran.
“We advise Americans to follow international rules and maritime protocols in the Persian and Omani Gulfs and to refrain from any adventurism and implausible stories,” the CNIR quoted the words from the IRGC statement.
The report notes that the IRGC naval forces and the Iranian armed forces consider “dangerous actions by foreigners in the region as a threat to national security”, and any mistake in the calculations by violators “will receive a decisive answer.”
The channel notes that on April 15, the US military announced that 11 ships of the Iranian Navy approached an unsafe distance to the ships of the US Navy and the coast guard in the Persian Gulf. Washington called these actions “dangerous and provocative.”
US-Iran relations deteriorated after Washington’s airstrike on Hezbollah targets in the Iraqi city of Al Qaim on December 29. On December 31, members of the Iraqi Shiite militia, supported by Iran, attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. Two days later, during a raid by the United States Air Force, Iranian General Kassem Suleimani was killed.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has promised to respond to US actions. Trump called Suleimani the number one terrorist in the world who “planned the imminent attacks” on the Americans.
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