A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic pursues enduring security in the Persian Gulf and opposes the presence of foreign forces, which undermines regional stability.

Speaking at a ceremony on the National Day of the Persian Gulf in Tehran, the deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Navy, Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, said the Iranian forces are currently at the highest level of preparedness in the Persian Gulf.

He noted that Iran has, on different occasions, including in naval drills, official and unofficial messages as well as meetings with regional statesmen, maintained that the body of water will always go by the name, the Persian Gulf.

Officials of the neighboring states should also come to the realization that the Islamic Republic seeks to establish regional security through unity and cooperation, Rear Admiral Tangsiri pointed out, adding that, this means that there is no justification for the presence of outsiders in the area.

The Iranian commander also pointed out that the Persian Gulf waters are rich in fish and other marine resources, and the presence of nuclear and atomic submarines there poses a serious threat to its ecosystem.

He further said that the country’s enemies are pursuing Iranophobia schemes in order to justify their presence in the region and sell their weapons and munitions to the Persian Gulf littoral states.

He highlighted the fact that the Islamic Republic has never in its history launched an attack on any country.
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