Defense Minister Benny Gantz reveals satellite images he says show the “most significant” Iranian maritime activity in the Red Sea in a decade.
“Iran is expanding its activities in the maritime arena. Over the last year, Iran has seized international tankers and attacked vessels. Today we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea, with its ships patrolling the southern region,” Gantz tells officials at the Economist Government Roundtable conference held in Greece.
“In recent months, we have identified the most significant Iranian military presence in the area in the past decade. It is a direct threat to trade, energy and the global economy,” he says.
Gantz also warns that Iran’s recent tests of a satellite launcher could be used to carry warheads. “This test demonstrates that the Iranian regime has the capability to develop intercontinental missiles, that may reach as far as central Europe,” Gantz says.
“This is in addition to the operational ballistic [missiles] and UAVs, that can already reach as far as the Eastern Mediterranean,” he adds.