IRGC Chief Urges US to Stop Costly, Harmful Presence in Persian Gulf
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari called on the US to quit wasting the American people’s assets by ending “malicious and harmful” naval presence in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian nation’s home.
In line with the guidelines set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei “we tell the Americans that they had better stop wasting the American people’s assets and wealth by malicious and harmful presence in the Persian Gulf,” Major General Jafari told reporters on the sidelines of a Wednesday military parade in the southern Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas.
The US Navy had better go to the Bay of Pigs for adventurism or muscle show, the top commander added, referring to the Bay of Pigs invasion, a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 in 1961.
Elsewhere in his comments, Major General Jafari reacted to the US officials’ remarks about alleged provocative maneuvers by Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf, saying this is the US that inflicts costs on itself and on some other countries because of its “unbalanced conducts and lack of intelligence dominance” in the Persian Gulf.
The comments came after top commander of US forces in the Middle East criticized Iran for what he called provocative and unsafe maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.
Major General Jafari further underlined that results of the IRGC’s naval presence in the Persian Gulf demonstrate that the move to assign the IRGC the task of ensuring security in “such sensitive, critical and strategic” part of the world has been a wise decision.
Back in May, Ayatollah Khamenei 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 at the time, adding, “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.”