Iranian Revolutionary Guards have threatened to sink any American ships that approach Iranian waters. The senior naval officer of the IRG that issued the threat made claims that the Iranian Navy has a “secret arsenal” of weapons that they would use to carry out the attacks.
The naval officer of the IRG that issued the threats is Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi. Fadavi went on to state that they have “informed Americans that their presence in the Persian Gulf is an absolute evil” and that “Americans are aware that Iran would destroy their warships if they take a wrong measure in the region.” Additional threats followed. Fadavi claims that the U.S. would “lose control of everything” if they attempted to get other nations involved in Middle East affairs.
The “secret arsenal” referenced by Fadavi is rumored to be anti-ship missiles acquired from China or Russia. This has not been confirmed. Fadavi also bragged that the power of the arsenal that Iran has access to, which includes surface-to-air missiles, has forced the American Navy to “consider the creation of deterrent capabilities.”
Fadavi warned that any form of passage would not be tolerated in Iranian air or water spaces. Fadavi claims that the U.S. navy knows this and that: “Accordingly, they have not crossed Iranian waters for numerous years.”
Officials believe that the threats and increasingly aggressive and provocative behavior is the result of a historic nuclear deal struck earlier this year. The deal allegedly lifted nuclear sanctions on Iran enough for the country to pursue nuclear energy while still preventing the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The deal was discussed between five world powers and was led by the United States.
Secretary of State John Kerry, commented on the deal in April stating: “Iran deserves the benefits of the agreement they struck.” He later added that he is not surprised by the country’s recent aggressive behavior.