Iran General News Iran scraps plan to send warships to Atlantic: Fars

Iran scraps plan to send warships to Atlantic: Fars

-

Reuters: Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy’s presence in the Gulf.

 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy’s presence in the Gulf.

A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as saying that several warships would be sent towards U.S. maritime borders in the Atlantic although the Pentagon said at the time that it was not concerned and that many countries operated in the ocean’s international waters.

But on Sunday, Fars quoted Navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying: “Due to a change in schedule, the battle Group-29 of the naval forces of the Iranian navy will not head to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mission will possibly be given to another group.”

He gave no reason for the decision but said warships’ missions were likely to change “depending on the situation in the region”, such as a rise in piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

“So (the) Group-29, which consists of the Sabalan destroyer, Khark logistics carrier and two helicopters… will not go to the Atlantic Ocean and will return home within days,” Sayyari was quoted as saying.

The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports passes.

Iran, whose entire 1,800 km (1,120 miles) southern border runs along the Gulf and the adjacent Gulf of Oman, has often said it could block the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the two waters, if Tehran came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program.

(Reporting by Mehrdad Balali; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sami Aboudi and Raissa Kasolowsky)

Latest news

Why the World Rejects Iran as an Economic Partner?

It took ten years for 15 Asia-Pacific countries to agree on a trade agreement. Last week, China and 14...

Iran’s Mass Arrests of Activists and Their Families

Iranian authorities have continued to arrest political activists and relatives of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) members as tensions grow...

Trial of Iranian Terrorists Should Restrict Tehran’s Terror Machine

Four terrorists of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be going on trial in Belgium on November 27. They...

Female Peddlers in Iran Risking Death

Female peddlers in Iran are facing humiliation and the risk of death to make ends meet in these trying...

Iran: Four Protests in a Day

Iranian authorities’ mismanagement and failures placed workers in dire living conditions. In this respect, there has been no day...

Iran Diplomat Tried on Terrorism Charges in Europe

The Iranian government has tried everything to stop its agents from standing trial on terrorism charges in Europe, even...

Must read

Iran fires 3 ambassadors, recalls 18 envoys after row over Israel

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 28 – Iran’s President...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you