In the midst of tensions with the United States, the head of the Revolutionary Guards promises a reciprocal definitive strike as he inspects troops on the main island in the Strait of Hormuzz.
On Saturday, on the eve of the first anniversary of the U.S. assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Hossein Salami, vowed to respond to any “action by the enemy” during a visit to a strategic Gulf Island in the midst of tensions with the U.S. Salami spoke. “We are here today to evaluate our powerful capabilities at sea and against enemies who sometimes boast… and threaten, evaluate and assure,” Salami said, according to the official website of the Guards, Sepah News. Accompanied by Revolutionary Guard Corps naval chief, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, Salami inspected troops stationed on Abu Musa Island.’Trump is mad ‘: Hezbollah sees danger in l. In the Gulf, near the entrance to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, from which one-fifth of the world’s oil output flows, Abu Musa and the islands of Greater and Lesser Tunb lie. The islands are under Iranian jurisdiction but are also claimed by the United Arab Emirates. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused the departing U.S. After Trump accused Tehran of a Dec. 20 missile assault on the U.S., President Donald Trump attempted to fabricate a “pretext for war” In Baghdad, the Embassy. “On Saturday, Zarif alleged that “Israeli agent provocateurs are plotting attacks with a false casus belli against Americans[to]corner Trump in Iraq. “Since late November, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz has patrolled Gulf waters, but U.S. media announced this week that acting U.S. “The New York Times, quoting U.S. officials, said the move was a “de-escalating” signal to Tehran to prevent tension in Trump’s final days in office. Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller had directed the ship to return home. In quitting the historic 2018 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and reimposing crippling unilateral sanctions, Trump oversaw a drastic tightening of U.S. policy. Since June 2019, the two countries have been on the verge of war twice. Iran fired a missile salvo at Iraqi bases where U.S. and allied troops are stationed days after Suleimani’s assassination, with Trump refraining from a further military response. On Dec. 25, the naval chief of the Guards visited the other two islands, which are also claimed by the UAE, and stressed the value of their garrison’s “combat readiness and awareness” Iran’s ISNA news agency rep.