“In the Persian Gulf, we are at an acceptable level in terms of defense and missile power, marine combat power on the surface and deep in sea water as well as aerospace power structures,” Brigadier General Salami told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
He further emphasized that the country’s ground troops and volunteer forces are also keeping a close watch on suspicious activities in the region.
“(Iranian) Armed Forces are highly prepared to counter any threat or challenge in the Persian Gulf,” the commander noted.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency earlier last week, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari slammed the US government’s opposition to Iran’s military presence in the Persian Gulf, saying that though enemies do not want the country to have presence in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, “we will continue our powerful presence in the two areas … and stage our wargames.”
In relevant remarks, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a speech on May 2, hammered the US for its schemes against Iran’s military presence in the Persian Gulf and made it clear that the Islamic Republic will continue to demonstrate power at its home, the Persian Gulf.
“The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home …, and the coasts of the Persian Gulf and large parts of the Sea of Oman coasts belong to this strong nation,” Imam Khamenei said, in an address to a gathering of teachers in Tehran.
Taking a swipe at the US Congress for plans against Iran’s naval drills, the Leader added, “Today, the enemies are biting off more than they can chew. For example, they draw plans that Iran should not hold military war games in the Persian Gulf.”
Imam Khamenei stressed that the great Iranian nation can respond to all those excessive demands, stressing, “We must be present in that region (the Persian Gulf), hold war games and demonstrate power.”