BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of IRan, General Yadollah Javani, proclaimed on Tuesday that the “era of the U.S. presence” in the Persian Gulf is coming to an end.
According to Javani, Iran and other Persian Gulf nations are more than capable of ensuring the security around this oil rich region, which is why, as he claims, the U.S. is no longer needed.
“Regional countries can create sustainable security in the region on their own through synergy and without the US”, Javani said.
The IRGC officer continued to attack the U.S. in his statement, claiming they are no longer considered as powerful as they used to be.
He would claim that Iran has greatly improved its own military capabilities and improved its position and regional strength.
“The Islamic Republic is now an established regional power and is turning into a global power. Today, the US is no longer as powerful as the past and cannot impose its will on others”, he added.
The statement by Javani comes just a week after the U.S.’ elite Marine forces carried out a live-ammunition drill in the Persian Gulf.
This move by the U.S. military was viewed as a show of strength against Iran, especially after their disputes in the Persian Gulf.
Prior to this event, the IRGC’s Navy intercepted a U.S. naval destroyer as it was making its way through the Strait of Hormuz.
In response to this action, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his country’s navy to respond to any aggressive action against their warships in this region.
Sources: Fars, Sputnik