TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Our defense means are only for defending ourselves and we do not intend to invade anyone,” he said in a TV program on Saturday.
Sayyari touched on the presence of trans-regional forces in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, saying the naval forces of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are capable of returning full security to the waters.
“However, the presence of outside forces has led to insecurity in this region," the commander said, warning them not to exceed their limits.
“The presence of foreign forces is justifiable only where there is a possibility of a harm to global trade. But the presence of the Americans in the volatile Gulf of Aden and their effort to preserve insecurity in this region is just for justifying their continued presence and their dominance on the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait," the commander said.
Sayyadri said the Islamic Republic has also been present in the Gulf of Aden, but it is fighting terror at sea and piracy, having helped vessels from 25 countries so far.