TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi underlined the IRGC’s full preparedness to defend Iran’s interests in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and warned that firing even one bullet at the country will burn the entire world.
“The Americans are passive today and they have not at all been in a situation (powerful enough) in the last several years to even pose such threats as military action against Iran,” Fadavi told FNA on Tuesday.
He said Americans have deployed their warships in the Persian Gulf with the superficial slogan of safeguarding regional and energy security, but “history has shown that they don’t have the power to do so and they are themselves an element of insecurity”.
He described the Persian Gulf as Washington’s Achilles Heel, and said, “If the Americans believed that they could decapitate us tomorrow, they wouldn’t hesitate to do so and would not delay the job to the day after tomorrow but they themselves are well aware that they don’t have the power to do so, and they know that the losses that they would sustain by doing so couldn’t match its benefits thanks to our deterrence power.”
“And the important issue is that the enemy admits this power,” added the Admiral.
In relevant remarks in February, Fadavi underscored that the United States is afraid of attacking Iran since it knows that its aircraft carrier with thousands of sailors and crews will easily sink in the Persian Gulf in case it dares to launch a military attack against Iran.
“The Americans can sense by all means how their warships will be sunk with 5,000 crews and forces in combat against Iran and how they should find its hulk in the depths of the sea,” Fadavi said, explaining why Washington’s war rhetoric against Iran is nothing but empty boastful words.
He said since the very first day that the US warships entered the Persian Gulf, the IRGC Navy has formed and evolved all its capabilities, trainings, structures, organizations and weapons on the basis of Washington’s threats, and added that the IRGC vessels in the region are monitoring the slightest moves made by the Americans.
Fadavi said the Americans might be able to hide themselves in their bases in certain Muslim countries of the region if they are faced with Iran’s crushing response, “but they cannot hide themselves in the sea since the entire Middle-East region, the western Europe, the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz are monitored by us and there is no place for them to hide”.
In relevant remarks in January, Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined Iran’s capability to display different initiatives in the battlefield, and said the enemies cannot assess the country’s operational and tactical power.
Salami described the tactics used by the Iranian commanders and soldiers during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) as a proper role model for the new generation, and said during the war Iran used different initiatives and tactics to defeat the enemy despite being faced with an acute shortage of weapons and equipment.
“Therefore, the enemies will never be able to assess our operational and tactical power,” he stressed.
The IRGC is responsible for the security of the Persian Gulf. In 2008, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, former commander of the IRGC and the current military advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, declared that the responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf had been handed over to the IRGC.
He warned that the IRGC would seal the strategic Strait of Hormuz in case the US launches any attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.
Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the IRGC has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, the IRGC Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran’s response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.
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