Feb. 01, 2011
In response to the movement of warships of foreign powers in the Persia Gulf, the Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff major General Hassan Firoozabadi on Monday said Iran’s Navy is alert in the region and after the necessary registrations allows the warships to pass the strategic waterway.
"Entry of American, British, French, Russian and other countries’ warships in the Persian Gulf has become a pattern for years and shows the greed of the countries towards the region’s oil wealth. These countries have bilateral accords on the basis of which each country procures a portion of the related costs (of navigation) so that they can get their share in plundering the region’s oil wealth,” the general said , IRNA reported.
The Persian Gulf, from the north to the Strait of Hormuz, constitutes Iran’s coastal areas.
Referring to the islands and huge oil and economic resources in the region, he noted, "The Persian Gulf naval fleet is stationed in the region. This fleet controls the Persian Gulf area and also questions each warship that intends to pass through about its destination and cargo…After registering all the basic information, allows the warships to move on.”
"Traffic of ships in this region is not illegal. However, presence of foreign militaries in the region under the pretext of containing threats in reality is an excuse for plundering the region’s oil resources and wealth. It is regrettable that some regional countries are their (foreign powers) allies. Iran does not need the friendship and presence of foreign powers and has always maintained that the absence of extraterritorial armies (in the region) brings peace and stability to the Persian Gulf,” he noted.
Regarding the downing of two American drones in the Persian Gulf by the forces of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Pentagon’s stance, he said, ‘The armed forces of superpower(s) are still not accustomed to accepting defeat.”
The IRGC recently said it had downed two American drones in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon admitted that the planes were downed but said that that was outside Iranian waters.