The Iranian parliament, Majlis, was preparing a bill that would prohibit all foreign warships from entering the Persian Gulf unless they received permission from the Iranian navy. The proposed bill was introduced on Wednesday [Fars News Agency, 5 January].
Iran’s armed forces commander has already warned the US not to send its aircraft carriers to the strategic waterway. The remarks, when it was made on Tuesday, surprised many Iran watchers as out of synch with the country’s policies of not initiating overt hostile actions in the region. But the proposed legislation suggests that at least some Iranian officials are serious about trying to stop the US Navy from entering the Persian Gulf, notwithstanding its status as an international waterway.