TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy General Alireza Tangsiri announced that his forces had detained Canadian and Australian forces before they captured the US and British marines for violating Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf in the past.
“The IRGC Navy has detained American and British trespassers twice and the Canadians and Australians once in the Persian Gulf,” Tangsiri told reporters on the sidelines of military parades in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday.
He underlined that the foreign naval forces who are deployed in the Persian Gulf come to the region for the salaries they receive “but we are defending our home and territories here”.
The General did not reveal the date or any other detail about the capture of the Australian and Canadian forces, but his words implied that the developments had occurred before the January capture of the US marines.
In relevant remarks in July, General Tangsiri said the US warships have been warned to keep 12 nautical miles away from Iran’s territorial waters or wait for an incident similar to what happened on January 12.
“We have a strong presence in the quintuple regions of the South and our independent bases in the Sea of Oman, in such a way that foreign vessels never dare to approach regions 12 miles away from our territorial waters and if they do, they will be treated like what we did to the Americans (on January 12),” Tangsiri told FNA at the time.
The IRGC seized two US Navy boats on January 12 and detained them on Iran’s Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. Nine men and one woman arrived in Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf illegally when they were captured by the IRGC Navy. They were freed later after diplomatic consultations.
Also, on 23 March 2007, 15 British Royal Navy personnel, from HMS Cornwall, were detained by the IRGC forces off the Iran-Iraq coast. They were released on 4 April 2007.
By Fars News Agency