Source: Mehr News Agency
The Navy commander says Iran has the right to deploy naval vessels near U.S. coastal waters. "The Iranian Navy has the right to be present (near) the coasts of the United States," Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told the Mehr News Agency.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari with Iran's Yunis submarine in the background
He also said that international law permits all the world's countries to send their naval ships to open seas.
In response to the commotion created by Western media outlets about Iran's plan to deploy its naval vessels near U.S. sea borders, he said, "Is anything wrong with the presence of the Iranian Navy in open seas or not?
"If there is nothing wrong with it, no one should be worried about this issue."
In addition, he said, "According to international law, U.S. coastal waters after territorial waters of this country are regarded as open seas, so the Navy is allowed to be present in these waters based on international conventions."
On September 27, Sayyari announced that Iran plans to deploy naval vessels in the Atlantic Ocean near maritime borders of the United States.
Earlier, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force signaled a possible presence of Iran's naval vessels near U.S. waters.
Commenting on the proposal for the establishment of a direct military hotline between the U.S. and Iran, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said, "When we go to the Gulf of Mexico, we will establish direct communication with them. In the view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the illegitimate presence of the U.S. in the Persian Gulf makes no sense."
Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi announced on Tuesday that an attempt by pirates to hijack another Iranian tanker was foiled by the Jamaran destroyer during its first mission in international waters.
Iran's Jamaran destroyer
Iranian commandoes rescued the tanker, which was sailing through the Red Sea, when it came under attack by two pirate ships.
In late October, the Jamaran destroyer rescued another Iranian tanker, which was bound for the Gulf of Aden.
The Iranian Navy's 16th fleet of warships, comprised of the Jamaran destroyer and the Bandar Abbas gunboat, set sail for the north of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden on October, 9.
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