The Iranian Navy announced today it is not planning to close the Strait of Hormuz during its ongoing “Velayat 91” drills that will end Wednesday.
“The Navy has issued no warnings [about the closure]. Under international regulations, notification is to be sent to ships passing by during any military drill in order to prevent potential damage,” said Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, IRIN spokesman. (Press TV, 29 December)
Adm. Rastegari was responding to media reports that the IRIN had already issued such warning to foreign vessels.
File photo: (Reuters/Fars News/Hamed Jafarnejad)