Iranian commander threatens to ‘destroy’ US ships

Jan 26, 2021

An Iranian commander has stated that the Islamic Republic has the power to sink US warships. The feedback point out a continuation of hostile rhetoric towards the United States now that Joe Biden is president.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Rahim Noei-Aghdam stated the army has the aptitude to destroy US Navy ships which might be near Iranian territory.

“If once the US presence in the international waters near Iran was considered as a threat to the country, today thanks to our deterrent power and surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, surface-to-coast, coast-to-coast, coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles, we have the ability to destroy American ships,” stated Noei-Aghdam, in response to the state-run Mehr News Agency.

Comments like this from Noei-Aghdam, who instructions the IRGC’s Hazrat Zeinab Military Base, are widespread amongst Iranian army leaders. The Iranian army additionally repeatedly conducts army drills within the Persian Gulf, together with some which might be designed to simulate a conflict with the United States. Last week, on former President Donald Trump’s final day in workplace, the Iranian military carried out a floor forces train within the Gulf of Oman.

The normal’s remarks are vital due to their timing. US President Joe Biden, who took workplace final week, has repeatedly stated he desires to interact Iran diplomatically and re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has additionally voiced a willingness to re-enter the settlement, which eliminated sanctions on Tehran in trade for compliance with its nuclear program. The Iranian army continues to be saying it has the power to struggle the United States in a conflict, regardless of these diplomatic overtures, nonetheless.