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As maritime tensions with US soar, Iran brags it can secure Gulf with its neighbors

Comments by Tehran’s army chief come days after US, French and UK naval commanders transit through Strait of Hormuz aboard American warship in rare show of force

File: Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri addresses a military parade commemorating the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran War, in front of the shrine of the late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
File: Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri addresses a military parade commemorating the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran War, in front of the shrine of the late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said on Sunday it is capable of ensuring the safety of the vital Gulf waters in cooperation with neighboring countries, following maritime tensions with the United States.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran and the countries south of the Persian Gulf are capable of cooperating to ensure the security of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Sea of Oman,” Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri said on Sunday.

He was speaking at a ceremony held near the strategic Strait of Hormuz to celebrate the conclusion of an eight-month-long mission by the Iranian navy to circumnavigate the globe.

The Gulf waters, which carry at least a third of the world’s seaborne oil, have witnessed a spate of incidents since 2018 when then-US president Donald Trump pulled out of a nuclear agreement and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran.

Bagheri’s comments come days after the commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, Vice-Admiral Brad Cooper, transited through the Strait of Hormuz in a guided-missile destroyer along with French and British navy commanders to underline a unified stance on protecting the waterway, following a series of Iranian attacks on shipping in the Gulf.

And earlier this month, the United States said it was sending reinforcements to the Gulf after what it called increasing harassment by Iran of ships in the oil-rich waters.

Illustrative: A boat of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy operates in close proximity to patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco and expeditionary fast transport USNS Choctaw County in the Strait of Hormuz, June 20, 2022. (US Navy via AP)

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since Iran at the end of April seized a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker, the Advantage Sweet, in the Gulf of Oman bound for the United States.

Iran said the tanker had crashed into one of its vessels, leaving two Iranian crew members missing and injuring several others.

Meanwhile, Iran’s official news agency IRNA on Saturday quoted Abbas Gholamshahi, a rear admiral in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards navy, as saying that the force “has full control over all vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.”

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