Politics
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:53
President Warns of US Plots against Iranian Nation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of Washington’s moves in the Persian Gulf, stressing that the country’s Armed Forces will not hesitate in safeguarding the Persian Gulf and Iran’s territories and interests.

“Here is always the Persian Gulf and will remain the Persian Gulf [forever]. The US should know that the name of this gulf is the Persian Gulf and not the New York gulf and Washington gulf,” President Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

“They should stop hatching plots against Iran,” he said.

President Rouhani said that the Iranian nation has always protected the Persian Gulf successfully and will continue its responsibility in the future, adding, “The Iranian military and law enforcement police forces have also succeeded in safeguarding the Persian Gulf.”

His remarks came after the US naval forces’ unprofessional and illegal moves in the Persian Gulf in the past few weeks and the American officials’ threats against Iran.

Last week, Trump said that he has instructed the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian vessels if they harass American ships at sea.

Trump's message came after the US Navy announced last Tuesday that it has detected 700 cases with coronavirus symptoms among the sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.

The IRGC last week strongly rejected the Pentagon's recent claims about the harassment of the US naval forces by the IRGC boats in the Persian Gulf as a "Hollywood" story, and further warned against the US Navy’s new “unprofessional and dangerous” moves in the waterway.

“In recent weeks, we have witnessed a repetition of the terrorist US Navy's unprofessional behavior in the Persian Gulf threatening security and tranquillity and posing new dangers to the region,” a statement by the IRGC Navy’s Public Relations Office said.

It added that in recent weeks, including on April 6 and April 7, the US warships in a dangerous move blocked the voyage of Iranian ship, Shahid Siavashi, on two separate occasions  in the region, but were forced to step back after the IRGC warnings and the professional and smart moves of the Iranian vessel.

The statement said that the IRGC Navy has increased its patrolling boats in the Persian Gulf "to stop the US forces' continued illegal, unprofessional, dangerous and even adventurist behavior".

In the same context and after declaring that it is conducting drills in the region and there is a threat of shoorting in the drill zone, a group of IRGC vessels, including 11 boats, on a mission to patrol the drill zone on April 15 confronted the US warships and "despite their unprofessional and provocative measures and disrespect for the warnings, forced them to evacuate the IRGC Navy vessels' sailing path with firm resistance and bravery".

It added that the US Fifth Fleet in the region has released an incorrect and biased reading of the incident which shows the Americans’ interest in Hollywood stories.

“We advise the Americans to respect the international rules and naval protocols in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman rathern than adventurism, fake stories and lies," the IRGC statement said, and further warned that "the powerful IRGC Navy and Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran assess foreign forces' dangerous behaviors in the region as a threat to [Iran's] national security and a redline and will hence, give a crushing response to any such miscalculation”.

It reiterated that the illegitimate presence of the US in the region is a source of mischief and insecurity, and described the US withdrawal from West Asia as the only way to establish sustainable security in the strategic region.

The US fifth fleet had claimed that a group of eleven Iranian naval vessels harassed six US navy vessels in the Northern Persian Gulf for about an hour, with one coming within just ten yards of a Coast Guard cutter. 

The "dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision ... and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area," the fleet, which is based in Bahrain, claimed in a statement.

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
Riot Police Fire Tear Gas To Break Up Anti-Government Protests in Belgrade

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police fired tear gas multiple times to break up a demonstration in Serbia's capital on a fourth night of anti-government protests sparked by the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. [VIDEO]
Greece: Violence Erupts at Rally in Athens Against New Protest Law

TEHRAN (FNA)- Violence broke out in Athens during a mass demonstration against a new law to curb public protests. [VIDEO]
Demonstration Against Constructions of Jewish Settlements in West Bank

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli forces intervene in a protest against construction of Jewish settlements and Israel's annexation plan of Jordan valley and some regions located in West Bank in Hebron, West Bank. [PHOTOS]
Hundreds Try to Storm Serbian Parliament as Protests Heat Up

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Serbs protested for a fourth consecutive night on Friday, rallying against President Aleksander Vucic and his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. [PHOTOS]
"Black Lives Matter" Mural Painted in Front of Trump Tower in New York City

TEHRAN (FNA)- A "Black Lives Matter" mural was painted on the street in front of Trump Tower in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton helped paint the bold, yellow letters across Fifth Avenue. [VIDEO]
US: Man Dies after Police-Involved Shooting in San Diego

TEHRAN (FNA)- A man was fatally shot by the San Diego police after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers in the City Heights neighbourhood of San Diego. [VIDEO]
Funeral Ceremony of Palestinian Young Man in West Bank

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli soldiers shot and martyred on Thursday night a Palestinian young man in the West Bank, said the Palestinian health ministry. The young man was shot by the Israeli soldiers in the village of Kifl Haris near the city of Salfit in the West Bank, and died later from a deep wound in his neck. [PHOTOS]
COVID-19 Infects Over 12.6mn People Worldwide

TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of infections with the novel coronavirus has surpassed 12.6 million worldwide with the deaths exceeding 652,000 and recoveries over 7.3 million. [PHOTOS]
Official: Iran Exports Medical Equipment to Europe

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz announced on Saturday that the country exports different medical equipment to the European states.
Yemen to Use Seized US-Made Weapons to Develop Military Power

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army plans to use the US-made weapons taken from the Saudi-led coalition forces for military research and production of high-quality arms, a source said.
Iran Terms OPCW’s Decision on Syria Unacceptable, Politically-Tainted

TEHRAN (FNA)- Permanent Representative of Iran to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Alireza Kazemi Abadi blasted the OPCW’s vote against Syria, describing it as unbalanced and unacceptable.
Iran Eyes $2bln in Yaran Oilfield Development

TEHRAN (FNA)- Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Massoud Karbasian announced that development of Yaran joint oilfield would generate 2 billion dollars in revenue for Iran.
Iran Reports over 255,000 Coronavirus Patients

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian health ministry announced on Saturday that 2,397 new coronavirus cases have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours, increasing the total number to 255,117 patients.
Police Confiscate 483kg of Opium in Eastern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police forces of South Khorasan province in Eastern Iran seized 483 kilograms of opium in the city of Qayen, provincial Police Chief Brigadier General Majid Shoja said, adding that two smugglers were also arrested.
Iranian Firm Makes Anti-Bacterial Nano Dustbin

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian knowledge-based company manufactured an anti-bacterial garbage can with nano-particles.