The Pentagon recently declared its plan to reinforce the presence of warships and a Marine expeditionary group in the Persian Gulf as a “deterrent” against Iran, following a series of tanker seizure incidents.
In response, Iranian Army and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders have voiced their concerns and asserted that Iran will take necessary measures to safeguard its interests.
According to Iran, the recently unveiled Abu Mahdi cruise missile possesses exceptional capabilities, making it one of the world’s top-performing missiles in terms of targeting precision, destructive power, and its ability to maneuver past geographical obstacles and enemy defenses.
“Considering the control and capabilities of its Armed Forces in regard to navigation and aviation security in the Persian Gulf region, Iran reserves the right to make the necessary deterrent arrangements in compliance with the rules and regulations of international law, and will exercise its inalienable rights accordingly,” Army Commander-in-Chief Abdolrahim Mousavi said Monday, speaking on the sidelines of a major aerial drill, commenting on the Pentagon’s plans to deploy warships to the Gulf.
This missile, named after the late Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has an impressive range of over 1,000 km and is expected to significantly enhance Iran’s maritime reach.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after the United States deployed F-16 fighter jets and A-10 ground attack aircraft to patrol the area, in response to Iran’s actions related to ship seizures and attempted oil smuggling.
Additionally, the Pentagon announced the deployment of two amphibious warships and thousands of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Gulf.
“We can fire the Abu Mahdi missile from deep inside the country. The missile has a dual seeker and performs successfully against the enemy’s electronic warfare,” Tangsiri said.
Iranian officials have emphasized their commitment to safeguarding the security of the region and closely monitoring any illegal or provocative actions near their borders.
Iran possesses a formidable military with sophisticated domestically-developed missiles, warships, and air defense systems, specifically designed for asymmetric warfare.
The Persian Gulf holds immense strategic significance, as approximately 20-30 percent of ship-based oil cargoes in the world pass through its waters daily.
“Through these actions, the United States is demonstrating a commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and deterring Iranian destabilization activities in the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement, using the same ‘freedom of navigation’ line it uses to justify the illegal deployment of warships, aircraft and troops thousands of miles from America’s shores to Chinese-claimed waters in the South China Sea.
Amidst the ongoing tensions, both Iran and the U.S. continue to assert their positions, leaving the region in a state of vigilance and caution.
The focus remains on the potential impact of these military movements and the need for cooperation among regional countries to ensure long-term stability.