An Iranian Alvand Class Frigate (Press TV)
The commander of the Iranian navy announced the regime plans to move vessels into the Atlantic Ocean to start a naval buildup near the US border.
Fars News reported:
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Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the country plans to move vessels into the Atlantic Ocean to start a naval buildup “near maritime borders of the United States”.
“Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to the American marine borders,” Sayyari said.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.
On July 19 Sayyari also said that Iran was going to send “a flotilla into the Atlantic”.
The remarks come as another high-ranking Iranian military official rejected a recent US request to establish a “red phone” link between the countries in the Persian Gulf.
“We would establish direct contact with the United States if we would ever go to the Gulf of Mexico,” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Ali Fadavi said.
He rejected the US demand, and explained, “In the view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the presence of the US in the Persian Gulf is illegitimate and makes no sense.”