Nov 28, 2021 08:22 UTC
  • Dismissing intensified Israeli threats, Iran Navy chief says Israel lacks courage to confront Tehran

Dismissing the Israeli regime’s military threats against Iran, the commander of the Iranian Navy says Israel lacks the courage to confront the Islamic Republic militarily.

Iranian Naval Forces, with their domestically-manufactured equipment, can come forcefully to any water point and slap any enemy that harms its security, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani told Yemen’s al-Masirah news network in an interview published on Saturday.

“Threats, conspiracies, and sanctions have failed to bring the Iranian nation to its knees and the enemy has become powerless against the [Iranian] Armed Frces,” Rear Admiral Irani added.

Israel has recently intensified its attempts to derail the upcoming Vienna talks on the removal of US sanctions against Iran by continually bringing up Iran’s missile and drone capabilities, claiming that Iran acts maliciously in the region, and last but not least, resorting to the old allegation that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere in his interview, Rear Admiral Irani also said that Iranian Naval Forces have recently managed to sail 45,000 km while crossing three oceans and bypassing more than 50 countries without docking at their ports.

“This depicts the power of the Iranian Navy,” he asserted.

Irani maintained that the Iranian Navy provides security for tankers and merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea and is able to quickly respond to any action by the enemy.

In remarks a day earlier, Rear Admiral  Irani had said his forces have managed to keep their equipment up-to-date despite the enemy’s conspiracies, threats, and sanctions.                                                                                                                                                      

“Iran is the only country whose navy has established security for its shipping lines independently and without the use of a fleet,” the Navy chief said.           

Separately on Saturday, the chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces warned the enemies and ill-wishers of the Islamic Republic against any misadventure in the region, especially in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, with the aim of justifying their illegitimate and destabilizing presence in the region.

“Otherwise, they will have to wait for the fire of rage and the determination that will force them to flee the region in disgrace,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri said in a message marking the occasion of the national Navy Day.

General Baqeri said the sustainable security in Iran’s territorial waters and the deterrent power of the Iranian Naval Forces are the results of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s guidelines and the Iranian people’s support.