Iran’s leaders are dissatisfied by the US’ presence in the Persian Gulf
11 mayo, 2016
The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) stated on state television, that Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if the United States and their allies do not stop threatening the Islamic Republic.
The Strait of Hormuz is an important and strategic area as it connects the Persian Gulf with the Arabian sea, this strait has a fundamental importance in the oil world’s business. A third of the world’s oil is transported through it so such threats can raise global tension.
Confrontations over the Persian Gulf have a long history between the United States and Iran. Any kind of relation has been non-existent, and it has not had any improvement after the Nuclear Deal was signed last summer that saw Iran’s nuclear developments blocked. This deal prevented Iran from receiving a lot of sanctions that the U.S, the European Union and the United Nations had placed on the country and it opened up for Iran to have relations with Western countries again.
Last week’s statements from Hossein Salami that “The US should learn from recent historical truths” can be connected to the incident back in January, where 10 US Navy sailors were captured by the Iranian navy, and were released a day later. At the broadcasting that was sent on State Television, Salami, the Iranian Commander, stressed; “Americans cannot make safe any part of the world”. He continued saying that if the US and its allies will threaten the passage in any way, Iran will have to act according to the United Nation Convention on the Law of Sea.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei also expressed his discontent of the presence of the US in the Persian Gulf earlier last week on Twitter.
According to the New York Times, it’s unclear whether that signals any new Iranian concern over the strait or possible confrontation with the U.S. following Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
The American response to the statements by Iran’s leaders was that they will continue to operate in accordance with professional maritime standards and international law, stated by Lt. Rick Chernitzer, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
The rigidity of U.S. response is a consequence of the “highly provocative” Iranian attitude. An example of that is when in December Iran tested rockets next to U.S. warships and U.S. Navy officials states that they daily face with Iranian naval vessels.
The U.S and Iran have been two countries which have always caused controversy due to the international instability after several military interventions in the middle east and their alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Different news agencies have these two nations in their primary focus waiting for their next statement or move. It seems that the relation between both will not get better in a short term, but worse. For the sake of their own security and for international security, some urgent solution must be found fast to try and slow down the delicate field in which they are pressuring on; A big responsibility lies down to the leaders of both countries, and as well as the rest of the International Community.