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IRGC in ‘Full Control’ of Gulf, Navy Commander Says as Iran-US Tensions on Rise

Late last week, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new top-secret underground missile base located near the Gulf coast, which was touted by IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami as something that would help “boost the country’s deterrence power”.

Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Navy, has stated that the Islamic Republic “has full control” of the Persian Gulf and that it “dominates the entire waters”.

“The permanent presence of the Basij [paramilitary] force has provided us with adequate manpower to have complete control of the region. At the same time, we monitor all developments using electronic and electro-optic systems”, Tangsiri said in televised remarks on Sunday, claiming that the Gulf is in “full security”.

The rear admiral pointed out that Iran’s Navy keeps a watchful eye on all foreign forces as they enter the Strait of Hormuz, adding, ”they never enter our [territorial] waters and are constantly monitored until they get out [of the Gulf]”.

He also insisted that the US “has no option but to withdraw from the Gulf region”, which is “a home” to Iran and “Muslim countries on the southern rim” of the area.

The remarks followed Tehran revealing last week the existence of a new top-secret underground missile base belonging to the IRGC Navy, which IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami said was “one of several bases housing the Guards’ Navy’s strategic missiles”.

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