U.S. Navy in Per­sian Gulf Changes Be­hav­ior

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN (MNA) – The com­man­der of IRGC naval forces gov­ern­ing the Fifth Naval Zone in the Per­sian Gulf says that af­ter be­ing ar­rested by Ira­nian naval guards in 2016, the Amer­i­cans are abid­ing by the law more than be­fore.

“We are wit­ness­ing change in Amer­i­cans naval be­hav­ior in the Per­sian Gulf and the Strait of Hor­muz as they are ob­serv­ing the in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions,” said Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ali Oz­maie, the Com­man­der of IRGC naval forces gov­ern­ing the Fifth Naval Zone in the Per­sian Gulf.

The Ira­nian com­man­der made the re­marks on Mon­day af­ter some Amer­i­can mil­i­tary of­fi­cials told the me­dia that they are see­ing a change in the be­hav­ior of Ira­nian ves­sels in in­ter­na­tional mar­itime routes.

“Ap­proach­ing the an­niver­sary of de­tain­ing US marine sol­diers who had vi­o­lated the in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions and tres­passed into Ira­nian ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters and were freed af­ter a spe­cial pro­ce­dure was fol­lowed, we are now ob­serv­ing a more rule-abid­ing and less con­fronta­tional be­hav­ior by Amer­i­can forces in mar­itime routes of the Per­sian Gulf and the Strait of Hor­muz,” as­serted Mr. Oz­maie.

Two United States Navy river­ine com­mand boats were hauled by Iran’s Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy on Jan­uary 12, 2016 af­ter they had en­tered Ira­nian ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters near Iran’s Farsi Is­land in the

Per­sian Gulf.

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