Any potential conflict in the Persian Gulf waters “will depend on the stupidity of the Western countries,” said today the head of the Naval Forces Revolutionary Guards of Iran, Admiral Ali Fadavi.
In comments broadcast on Iranian news agency, IRNA, Fadavi said his country has “complete control of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” so that “we will determine the rules of a (possible) military conflict” in that area .
According to the military command of the Guardian special corps of Iranian Islamic regime’s defense, the U.S. and Western countries “know that, if carried out any hostile action against Iran, they will pay dearly.”
So far, the West has focused on “economic pressures and sanctions” rather than military actions against Iran, said the naval command, but insisted: “The Iranian forces are ready to face any threat or military action.”
“Iran is fully capable of closing the Strait of Hormuz,” said Fadavi, referring to the mouth of the Gulf, where oil tankers are daily carrying 20 percent of petroleum consumed in the world, which makes it a point of vital strategic importance.
In an allusion to the oil sanctions on Iran, especially the EU and U.S., which according to industry sources have led to a fall in third in Iranian oil exports in recent weeks, Fadavi said: “The security of this region belongs to everyone and if Iran is excluded, all will remain without it. ”
“While Iran’s security and interests are not endangered, nothing will happen, but if America wants to harm the security of the region, all suffer the same,” said the soldier, who repeated his view that “the presence of U.S. troops destabilizes the security of the entire region. ”
In recent weeks, following the entry into force of new sanctions on oil and financial sectors of Iran imposed by the U.S. and the EU to halt its nuclear program, Tehran has raised the tone of his military challenge to the West.
The sanctions aim to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which some countries, led by the U.S., believe it has a slope arms, which Tehran denies this and says that former civil only, while claiming not to give up the peaceful use of atomic energy.
Several senior civil and military officials have insisted that Iran closed the Strait of Hormuz if an attack on the country by the U.S. or Israel, who have threatened to take him out to stop Iran’s nuclear activities, as well as to respond “crushing” the aggressors.
Also in recent weeks, the Iranian Parliament has initiated the study of a possible rule to prohibit the passage through the Straits of Hormuz to oil tankers carrying crude oil bound for countries that maintain sanctions on Iran.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea imposes a broad freedom of transit through international straits, so any legal or military measures to limit the passage of Hormuz by Iran would be difficult to justify, according to a source told.
A possible attack on Iran from Israel or the U.S. or closure by the Iranian Hormuz could have very serious and unpredictable, both economic and military, for the region and the world.