On Sunday, the IRGC Navy released a video showing a recent confrontation between its forces and the US navy in the Persian Gulf. Washington has claimed that Iranian forces behaved in a dangerous manner when faced with US navy vessels. Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday morning:
“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,”
Top Pentagon leaders called President Trump’s tweet as “an important warning” and “perfect.” The IRGC on Sunday strongly rejected the Pentagon’s recent claims about the harassment of the US naval forces by the IRGC boats in the Persian Gulf as a “Hollywood” story.
IRGC Iran’s Response to Trump’s Tweet:
“In recent weeks, we have witnessed a repetition of the terrorist US Navy’s unprofessional behavior in the Persian Gulf threatening security and tranquility and posing new dangers to the region,” a statement by the IRGC Navy’s Public Relations Office said. In response of Trump tweet, officials from Iran have started tweet war with Trump.
Irani General Shekarchi exemplified the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian volunteer forces at the forefront of the battle with covid-19, and called on the US to “evacuate” their forces from West Asia and use them to “rescue their people in the crisis”.
Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi blasted Washington for threatening Iran. He said that the US should focus on saving its forces from coronavirus.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also reminded Washington that American forces “have no business 7,000 miles away from home” and are provoking Iranian sailors in the Persian Gulf. IRGC Navy has increased its patrolling boats in the Persian Gulf “to stop the US forces’ continued illegal, unprofessional, dangerous behavior”.
“The US military has over 5000 #covid19 infections. @realdonaldtrump should attend to their needs, not engage in threats cheered on by Saddam’s terrorists,” Zarif said in a tweet on Thursday.
“Also, US forces have no business 7,000 miles away from home, provoking our sailors off our OWN Persian Gulf shores,” he added.
The remarks came after US President Donald Trump said he had instructed the US navy to destroy Iranian boats “if they harass” US ships in the Persian Gulf.
Keep in mind that US Navy announced on Tuesday that it has detected 700 cases with coronavirus symptoms among the sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.
About 94% of the Roosevelt’s crew has been tested for the coronavirus as the ship nears a month since it docked in Guam due to the outbreak aboard the ship.
“We advise the Americans to respect the international rules and naval protocols in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman rather than adventurism, fake stories and lies,” the IRGC statement said. It further warned that “the powerful IRGC Navy and Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran assess foreign forces’ dangerous behaviors in the region as a threat to [Iran’s] national security.
Iran has summoned Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Markus Leitner over US’ forces harassing and provocative acts in the Persian Gulf.
The Iranian foreign ministry has given a letter to Swiss envoy. The US Administration has been reminded about the importance of observing international maritime safety regulations and shipping freedom.
Iran slams US President Donald Trump’s threatening remarks and advises him that it would be better to take advantage of its naval forces to fight covid disease which has turned the US into the most infected country in the world.