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    Echo of Iran Nuclear Deal: Iran Vows to Sink US Ships if Threatened

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    Iran has called the US presence in the Persian Gulf an “absolute evil” and vowed to sink its vessels if “they commit the slightest mistake”; however an Iranian Middle East expert suggests that the tensions in the Persian Gulf are just a pretext and the real root of the standoff between the two lies in the US’ failure in the Iran nuclear deal.

    Tehran has issued yet another loud statement about the US presence in the Persian Gulf.

    Gen. Ali Fadavi, the naval commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, has warned that his forces would sink American warships should they pose the slightest territorial threat to the country.

    “Wherever the Americans look in the Persian Gulf, they will see us,” the Rear Admiral said on Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) on Monday night.

    “They know that if they commit the slightest mistake, we will sink their vessels in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, or the Sea of Oman,” he added.

    The naval commander further called the US presence in the Persian Gulf “an absolute evil.”

    “Today, there are around 60 foreign military vessels in the Persian Gulf, most of which belong to the US, France and Britain. The vessels are monitored by the IRGC every hour,” said the official.

    Fadavi also criticized a recent resolution in the US Congress against Iran’s activity in the Persian Gulf, saying neither the US administration nor other international players are in the position to meddle in this issue.

    Earlier this month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei rebuffed the US government’s demands that Iran withhold from staging military drills in the Persian Gulf, according to a Press TV report.

    “The Persian Gulf coast and much of the coasts of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation; therefore we have to be present in this region, [stage] maneuvers and show off our power,” the Leader then said.

    Fadavi explained that the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman are important strategic areas for the whole world and especially for Iran, as it has a longer maritime border than any other coastal state in the region.

    The official added that the world’s future depends on the Persian Gulf as it is the center of the world’s energy resources.

    Mohammad Ali Mohtadi, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies however told Sputnik Persia that the tensions in the Persian Gulf are just a pretext, the real root of the standoff between the US and Iran lies in the US’s failure in the Iran nuclear deal.

    And it is of special importance for the Washington to take revenge on Iran at least somewhere.

    “We have two very important issues he,” he said.

    “Firstly, we have recently observed the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran. The reason is that the US, despite having concluded agreements on Iran’s nuclear program, does not fulfil its obligations: the banking sanctions have still not been lifted even though Tehran is repaying its obligations in full.”

    The Middle East analyst explained that Iranian banks are still unable to make international dollar transactions while the Rouhani government is being pressured by its residents.

    Criticism of the President and his allies has grown stronger, based on a perception that America has not kept its promises yet at the same time is taking advantage of Tehran.

    Secondly, there is another stumbling block – the US’ seizure of Iran’s frozen assets over its alleged involvement in 1983 bombing in Beirut and other attacks.

    On April 20, the US Supreme Court ruled that nearly $2 billion of Iran’s frozen assets had to be turned over to the American families of the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other attacks.

    The Islamic Republic has denied any role in the attacks.

    The money, which belongs to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), had been blocked under US sanctions before the court ruling.

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran will sue the US for assets seizure and will soon lodge a complaint against Washington with The Hague International Court of Justice.

    “The government will never allow for the money that belongs to the Iranian nation to be so easily gobbled up by the Americans,” he told a large crowd in the southeastern city of Kerman on Tuesday.

    Mohammad Ali Mohtadi explained that all the above actions on the part of the US are nothing else but a desire to take revenge on Iran for Washington’s loss in Iran’s nuclear deal. The US is now jumping at any opportunity to discredit Iran in the international arena.

    And the US buildup in the Persian Gulf is yet more proof of it: criticizing Iran for its military drills in the region, Washington meanwhile steps up its presence in Bahrain and Qatar.

    The US military presence in the region is not a guarantee of security but rather a factor of unrest, the expert finally stated.


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    • Mikhas
      It´s understandable since the recent nuclear settlement was yet another USraeli bluff. US has arm-twisted their vassal states into not doing business with Iran and only a small portion of the "frozen funds" were handed back, US tries to steal the rest of the money as "reparations" for alleged Iranian "terrorism".

      So we are back to square one and Iran do have the abilities to flatten Saudi Barbaria and take out every US/Sitting Duck in the area and close the Strait of Hormuz with it...
    • avatar
      It's easy to trap US ships in Hormuz.
      More cry baby marines to baby sit.
    • siberianhusky
      IsraHell was not happy a bout lifting the sanctions and wanted war with the Americans doing most of the heavy lifting.

      Now the IsraHell and the ZionNazies in Washington are trying to create a false flag situation like America did in Vietnam with the fake "Gulf of Tonkin" accident to and / or re-apply the sanctions again. Something they like to do lately but not having much success with it, just look what they tried to do with Russia recently.

      Time that somebody is going to give the Americans a bloody nose and a lesson the will never forget. And I hope it will be China that does it in the South China Sea where the Americans are pushing there luck
    • avatar
      Can't the "axis of targets" (Iran/Russia/China) come to terms that a hit on one is a hit on all ? Can't the axis of targets come to term of "Axis of Alliances"? Seem as they couldn't, they can't, and they won't ! No wonder they got bullying.
    • in reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, Russia and China won't take a stand against Israel and its proprietors the Rothschild banking clan on whose behalf NATO operates. It's a mystery to me.
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      copiusin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
      siberianhusky, South China Sea has thousands of pirates from Philippines who are eyeing to loot US ships.
      Pirate attack will be common and hard to predict.
      Incidents and accidents can happen, anything is possible in open sea in the dark.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Theon Lyreal, The reason is that the Rothschild banks are allowed to operate in the two countries. As long as that remains the case, neither country will be able to exercise a totally independent foreign policy.
    • avatar
      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, Their economies are not totally independent from that of the ZioAmerican Empire. That is why they can't form a fully functional military alliance.
    • avatar
      jimbogoofballin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
      Don't hold your breath waiting. You will be 7 thousand years old waiting for that to happen unfortunately.
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      jimbogoofballin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Theon Lyreal,
      They are simply too chicken to do it. So we will have to keep living like this until putin is replaced with a man who WILL do something. Thats probably gonna take a long time to happen.
    • avatar
      Do not sink the ships., Iran.
      Capture some ships and use it against the others.
      Ram into them as last resort.
    • Farzaneh Joshaghani
      it is clear now that the us is a weasel and a sob. lets never forget that
    • Farzaneh Joshaghaniin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, first the world has to see who the bad guys are then we all can take him out
    • avatar
      Iran is selling its oil in Euros, not dollars. USA is punishing Iran for this by withholding the money it had frozen prior to the deal. American is technically bankrupt, so it is likely it simply doesn't have the money to unfreeze any more.
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      What the fcu*k happened to all the comments?

      Shame, Sputnik sole out to the Jews, like other Russian outlets. I guess it is in Russian blood to be backstabbing and corrupt.

      I'm off to PressTV. They sensor comments but don't pretend to be open to all comments like Sputnik.
    • Team Sputnikin reply toIranianExpat1916(Show commentHide comment)
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      Still trying to make a reason to attack Iran.
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