Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Navy's special minesweeping exercises, Sayyari pointed to the foreign states' presence in waters around Iran, and stated, "We are completely monitoring all traffics in the region and we are ready to confront any kind of threat or devilish move in the region."
Sayyari said Iran does not oppose presence and deployment of troops in international waters, but at the same time warned that the country "will not allow anyone to invade or trespass on its territorial waters."
Senior Iranian officials and commanders have on occasions said that Iran has a close watch on the movements and bases of the trans-regional forces in the neighboring countries and the region and Iranian armed forces are fully prepared to repel enemy threats.
In relevant remarks in October, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described the Iranian Armed Forces' full preparedness as a major deterrent to enemy attacks, and meantime stressed that the country will not step back in case of any foreign aggression.
"Because of their Islamic teachings, Iranian nation are not the men of aggression and invasion but they will not fall short of confronting any aggression," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Iranian military units in Northeastern province of North Khorassan at the time.
The Leader lauded Iran's high military preparedness, and stated, "The only reason the power mongers' motivation for waging war has downgraded or getting weakened is the general readiness of Iranian nation and the defense readiness of the armed forces."
The Leader said general readiness of Iranian nation, especially the youth, is today in the highest possible level compared to the past and the armed forces are more prepared and more powerful than the past.