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News number: 8709041522

16:25 | 2008-11-24

Defence

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Navy Commander: Iran Monitoring Enemy Moves

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is carefully monitoring the enemy's movements in the region, the commander of the Iranian Navy said on Sunday.



The Navy protects Iran's maritime borders against every enemy, and the Naval Forces are vigilant in defending the Islamic Republic of Iran, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters at a press conference in Tehran.

"We have never said that we will block the Strait of Hormuz, but we have said that Iran's Navy is capable of blocking the Strait of Hormuz," he explained.

If the enemies intend to harm Iran, the country's armed forces will definitely protect Iran's interests, he added.

He went on to say that the Islamic Republic successfully carried out the Morvarid (pearl) naval operation during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war on Azar 7, 1358 (November 28, 1980), and its anniversary is now commemorated as Navy Day in Iran, Tehran Times reported.

Navy Day will occur on November 27 this year due to the fact that the leap years in the Iranian and Western calendars do not coincide, and thus dates are shifted once every four years.

Sayyari added that one of the main aims of the operation was to paralyze the enemy's economy by blocking Iraq's oil exports.

If other countries hadn't backed Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, the conflict would have ended in six months, he noted.

He also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to hold joint war games with neighboring countries and friendly states.

However, the presence of "extra-regional powers" in nearby open seas, which serves their illegitimate interests in the region, cannot be justified, he observed.

On the Navy's plans for Iran's northern coastline, he said, "In our view, the Caspian Sea is the sea of peace and friendship, and we do not intend to deploy more military units there, but we will take care of our interests."

And Iran exercises sovereignty over 20 percent of the Caspian Sea, he added.

Commenting on the impact of sanctions on Iran and its armed forces, he said that Iran is currently capable of domestically fulfilling the needs of the armed forces.

"Security in the Sea of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Persian Gulf is a strategic issue," he stated.

Thus, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ordered the regular armed forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to enhance their cooperation in order to better safeguard Iran's interests, Sayyari said.