Pentagon fumes: Iran patrols Hormuz

The US Defense Department, the Pentagon, has released video footage showing Iranian motorboats approaching US vessels passing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week.

According to the Pentagon officials, the incident took place twice last week, though the interactions were not seen as hostile.

The video released by the Pentagon shows armed boats belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps navy approaching within several hundred yards (meters) of the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport ship, on January 6, 2012.

According to US military sources, a similar incident occurred with the US Coast Guard cutter Adak the same day, with the Iranian boats seen riding in its wake with guns visible.

“This interaction between US naval vessels and the Iranian vessels is commonplace,” said Captain Jane Campbell, a Pentagon spokeswoman. “There is nothing in these that shows any kind of hostile intent,” she added.

US officials say it is routine to take video of such incidents and the US military decided to release imagery at the request of news organizations.

After the US and the European Union proposed sanctions against Iran’s oil sector, which aim to deprive the country of its oil exports, high-ranking civil and military officials in Tehran threatened the West with the possible closure of the Strait of Hormuz. They say if Iran cannot export its oil, no other country will be able to do so either.

Iran’s Navy also staged 10-day massive navy drills dubbed Velayat 90 last month in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz as a clear warning to the West to avoid of any measure which may threaten the safety of the Iranian waterway.

Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi warned the US John C. Stennis, which left the Persian Gulf on December 30, 2011, en route to the Sea of Oman, not to return to the Persian Gulf, adding that the warning comes “only once.”

Source: PressTV

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2 comments on “Pentagon fumes: Iran patrols Hormuz

  1. I’m no supporter of Iran – a country with a repressive regime – even so, its government has the right to defend itself and pursue its own international and regional policy without US interference. Iran doesn’t have to ask the US or Israel permission to pursue a nuclear program or any other scientific program for that matter. What is the US playing at? Iran has never threatened any Western nation, never supported terrorism against other nations, hosts its own Jewish sub-population, yet was attacked by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq with the encouragement and support of the Western powers in the early 1980s. So is it any wonder they feel hostility to the Western powers? This US sabre-rattling must be costing the US an immense amount of money on a daily basis, especially to project military force at such a distance from US coastal shores. Obama is the puppet of the Global Elitest. Please, USA, please!… vote Ron Paul and end this NWO madness.

    • Agreed on everything but the oppressive regime. If you are collaborating with westerners who want to rule your govt with puppets, it is not being oppressive to take measures against this. You think that USA is the recipient of terrorist acts, no it is the African states, the South American countries, the Asian and Middle East countries, it is the old soviet bloc countries. Who does it? The DGSCE that is the french, the MI6 with the SAS and the CIA and Mossad, Qatar and other arab puppet states who are doing the terrorism. Monsanto owns Blackwater the mercenary company and this corporation are heavily involved in this too. I really like Ron Paul, never fear of the economy for prosperity for all follows FREEDOM for all.

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