Iran-US Confrontation: IRGC Commander Says Iran Has Upper-Hand in Persian Gulf

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) underlined that Iran has the upper-hand and the initiative in the Persian Gulf, and warned the US that it will sustain the heaviest damage if it ever dares to launch a war on Iran.

Addressing a ceremony in Iran's Southern port city of Bushehr on Wednesday, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi pointed to the status quo in the strategic Persian Gulf, and added, "Under the present conditions, pressure has been laid on Iran to the highest level possible, but Iran has the initiative in the region, and the issues raised by the US and its allies also confirm this fact."

"If Americans are after shooting (at Iran), an economic and military havoc will wreak on them," Fadavi said.

"The conditions and requirements of war against Iran will not be prepared for the Americans, therefore the loss and damage of war with Iran is way beyond its benefits," Fadavi said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly warned the trans-regional states, specially the US, to pull their troops and warships out of the Persian Gulf.

In January, a senior Iranian military commander underlined that the Iranian Navy's subsurface vessels enjoy a high capability to confront enemies' threats, and stated that Iran's submarines are able to ambush and hit enemy vessels specially US Aircraft carriers from the seabed throughout the Persian Gulf.

Speaking to FNA, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri added that Iran has the best electronic diesel submarines of the world, adding that enemies, the US in particular, are most focused on Iran's astonishing subsurface capabilities.

Amiri underlined that significance of submarines are not just indebted to their arms and equipment, "rather the tactical issues are very important", given the geographical specifications of the waters surrounding the county.

"For example," he stated, "if an ordinary submarines can sit in the Persian Gulf's bed it would be the worst threat to the enemy."

"That is one of the US concerns since Iranian submarines are noiseless and can easily evade detection as they are equipped with the sonar-evading technology" and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, he added.

"When the submarine sits on the seabed it can easily target and hit an aircraft carrier traversing in the nearby regions," Amiri reiterated.

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