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Oct 28, 2014
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IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi: We Have the Americans in a Throttlehold in the Persian Gulf

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Source: Channel 1 (Iran)

In an Iranian TV interview, IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Ali Fadavi said: "In the Persian Gulf, we have the Americans in a throttlehold." "We are the ones who guarantee security in the Persian Gulf," he said.


Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on Iran's Channel 1 on October 29, 2014.



Admiral Ali Fadavi: The ships of the Iranian navy are deployed throughout the Indian Ocean, near the Pacific Ocean. If these actions were not so costly... Well, under the present circumstances, the military forces do not wish to burden the state with such high costs, but our ships could easily have deployed near the territorial waters of the U.S.



We are convinced that when it comes to our naval vessels, which are to be found all over the world... The Americans do not dare to even frown at these ships – not even in the Gulf of Mexico. The reason is that the whole world is dependent upon the Persian Gulf. In the Persian Gulf, we have the Americans in a throttlehold.






The American presence [in the Persian Gulf] means a lack of security. It is important for the world to understand this. This must be understood by Europe, by East Asia – Japan and Korea – as well as by China and India, the new economic powers and energy consumers. You are aware that several months ago, the energy consumption of China exceeded that of the U.S.






If Japan stops receiving energy via the Persian Gulf today, it would go back hundreds of years. This would bring misery upon the people.






We are the ones who guarantee security in the Persian Gulf. The Americans continue to dominate the world – I'm not talking about us, but about the whole world, about Japan, Korea, China, India, and all of Europe – solely by their presence in the Persian Gulf and their control of the energy. The important thing is that America knows full well that if it confronts us, and that if even a single shot is fired in the Persian Gulf, the whole world will realize that America is not as strong as it was in 1988-89, when there were incidents, but due to its control of the media, it was business as usual for the U.S.



The world knows that the U.S. cannot establish security. Rather, it is Iran, it is the Islamic Revolution, that is resolute to provide security in the Persian Gulf – not only for its own sake, but for the sake of the world. The entire world will enjoy economic prosperity.






For a long time, we have been telling the Americans that this is the Persian Gulf, and that anybody who wants to enter its international waters must speak Farsi. Today, every U.S. navy ship has a Farsi speaker on board. Whenever we make such a decision, the Americans comply.






The Americans do not [dare] to say: We are USS So-and-so. They say: We are executing this or that U.N. Security Council resolution.





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