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IRGC Commander Warns Iraq's Occupiers to Keep away from Iranian Waters

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A senior IRGC commander on Tuesday warned occupiers of Iraq to stay away from Iran's territorial waters, and underlined that his troops would arrest every trespasser violating Iranian borders.

"Any time occupiers enter Iran's territorial waters, our reaction would be similar to the past and they (trespassers) will be certainly arrested," deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval force Brigadier General Ali Fadavi said in an interview with Al-Alam TV network.

The General made the remarks in an apparent reaction to the recent report released by Britain's House of Commons on the root causes of the detention of British troops by Iranian border guards last March.

The General said that after the recent arrests, British and US troops have kept away from Iran's territorial waters and shown full respect for Iranian borders.

"In the past they patrolled in parts of international waters adjacent to Iranian borders, but after the recent arrests, they keep distant away from our borders and they have created a wide gap between their deployment center and Iranian waters," Fadavi said.

He further reminded that the British troops arrested by Iranian troops carried some intelligence devices which contained around 4,000 pages of information about Iran, adding that British officials had failed in justifying the underlying reasons of their accumulated data and information.

"Britain could not bring a proper justification for the violation of Iranian borders by its troops. The excuse that their troops were using imprecise maps is unacceptable to Iran. How is it possible that the troops who allege to be in charge of establishment of security in the region and possessed advanced systems and hi-tech instruments could not locate their position," the General said.

Asked about Iran's reaction to possible trespassing of its borders in future, the IRGC navy commander emphasized that Iran's position has not changed, and added, "As long as they stay in the waters of occupied Iraq, nothing will happen. But if they enter Iran's territorial waters, our reaction would be the same as before and they will certainly be arrested."

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