Commander of Iran's Army Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi warned an American aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf, adding that the warning comes “only once.”
“We recommend to the American warship that passed through the Strait of Hormuz and went to Gulf of Oman not to return to the Persian Gulf,” said Gen. Salehi, referring to the USS John C. Stennis which left the Persian Gulf this week after visiting UAE’s port of Jabal Ali.
“Since we are not in the habit of repeating a warning, we warn only once,” Gen. Salehi added [IRNA, 3 January].
The comments by the commanding general of the country’s regular military, speaking at the end of a 10-day Iranian naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz, is the latest of tough rhetoric coming out of Tehran over the Strait of Hormuz and the US naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
File Photo: USS John C. Stennis. Reuters