IRGC naval commander: Israeli presence in Gulf could trigger war

The Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that Tehran is holding the US and UK responsible for any Israeli presence in the Persian Gulf, and warned that any kind of Israeli presence in the waterway could trigger war in the region.

Referring to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy arresting intruding British forces in 2007 and American marines in 2016, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Tangsiri told the Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen on Sunday that if the British and American forces are able to protect maritime activities in the Persian Gulf, they could have protected themselves first not being detained by Iran.

He then added that Iran is fore fronting pro-security efforts in the Persian Gulf to uphold peace in the region, adding that, however, Tehran will not allow others to take advantage of the waterbody and prevent Iran from selling its own oil.

“We safeguard the security of the Persian Gulf as long as our security is met,” he underlined, warning the trans-regional countries like the US and the UK that they cannot expect to enjoy the merits of the region while posing threat to Iran.

“The US and Britain are attempting to advance their scenarios by forming an illegal coalition in the region,” he said.

He warned against any illegal military buildup in the Persian Gulf and said, “The US and the UK should take the responsibility for the presence of the Zionist Regime in Persian Gulf waters.”

“We as the IRGC Navy are responsible for establishing security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf and we don’t need the presence of the aliens,” the Admiral added.

“Any kind of presence of the Zionist Regime in Persian Gulf is illegal as it may trigger war and conflict in the region,” the IRGC Navy Commander warned.