IRGC responsible for Persian Gulf security

September 17, 2008 - 0:0

Senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the responsibility of Persian Gulf defense has been handed over to the IRGC.

According to recent decisions, Iran's Army will take control of the Oman and Caspian Seas, said former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi.
The former top military commander reiterated that IRGC missiles can hit any target across the width of the Persian Gulf and that all gunboats are within their range.
The senior official gave assurances that the Iranian armed forces, with advanced defense equipment, including missile resources and land and naval forces can control the Strait of Hormuz.
The Iranian military forces comprised of the IRGC, army and Basij are completely prepared to confront any foreign threat against the country, he added.
The former top military commander played down Israel's military threats and ability to wage a war against Iran. “The Israeli regime lacks the necessary political, economic and social capabilities to enter a big war in the region,” Rahim-Savafi stated.
The United States and Israel have not ruled out the use of force against the Islamic Republic, presumably to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The Islamic Republic, however, has seriously warned the West that it would respond to any action against its territorial integrity.
Iran's Air Force and IRGC launched an extensive military maneuver to coordinate their aerial defense on Monday. The maneuver, dubbed Asemane Velayat was organized in response to the U.S. and Israel threats against Iran's nuclear facilities.
(Source: Press TV)