TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In comments on Monday, Ali Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic is the guarantor of security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, which is threatened by the American forces.
“We have repeatedly stressed that we are the guarantor of protection of security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and have emphasized on our principled stance about the need for ending the presence of American military forces in various areas, which has caused crisis and insecurity,” he added.
“Known as the main element behind insecurity, the US has no right to comment on the security of regional people and countries. Americans have never sought to create security and stability in the region,” Shamkhani added.
He further noted that the Iranian intelligence forces have recently detected a “complicated cyber network”, saying the data revealed after detection of the network helped some countries carry out widespread preventive measures.
He said the Americans have cited the incident as a “scandalous cyber defeat”, noting that details of the operation could be publicized.
In remarks in 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the US claim of seeking security in the region.
“The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei has also called for the enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance with the merit of the Islamic Establishment.