Iran’s navy chief has said that Iran observes all US vessels operating in the Persian Gulf region and has a large archive of images of their daily movements.

“We observe all enemy ships, particularly America, point-by-point from their origin until the moment they enter the region,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran’s navy, said on Tuesday as quoted by the Young Journalists Club local news agency.

“We have complete images and a large archive of the daily and moment-by-moment traffic of the coalition forces and America,” he added, explaining that the images were captured by Iranian drones.

His comments come after the seizure of a British-flagged tanker which Iran claims had violated maritime rules.

Britain has accused Tehran of capturing the tanker in international waters and announced the creation of a European task force to protect ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial waterway for oil trade.

This marked the latest uptick in tensions in the sensitive region, following a year of growing confrontation between Iran and the United States.

It reached a boiling point last month after Iran shot down a US spy drone, with Donald Trump canceling a retaliatory strike at the last minute. Donald Trump has recently said US forces have destroyed an Iranian drone – a claim Iran has disputed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued on Monday that the ongoing crisis was not caused by US sanctions, but by Iran’s “zeal to conduct terror”.

Washington accuses Tehran of sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East and secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Despite Tehran denying the allegations, Donald Trump last year exited the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and re-instated crippling economic sanctions against the oil-rich Islamic Republic.

ALSO READ  Watch: Russian aircraft departs for US with medical supplies

The US has since amassed military presence in Iran’s vicinity and is rumored to be quietly building an anti-Iran coalition in the Persian Gulf. The presumed task force would conduct “proactive deterrence” operations and comprise ships from Washington’s Arab and Asian allies; it is also expected to receive equipment and communications support from the Pentagon.


Source: Sputnik

Share this article:
  • 1

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.