Army official: Security actions in Persian Gulf lack legitimacy without Iran
Security measures in Persian Gulf lack legitimacy and acceptability without Iran's presence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iranian Armed Forced Brigadier General Hassan Firouzabadi said, ISNA reported.
"Scenarios and plans on taking security measures in Persian Gulf without presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a power which does not seek conflict, lack acceptability and legitimacy and will never lead to confronting cross-regional threats and providing sustainable security," Firouzabadi told as commemorating the National Day of Persian Gulf.
He then called for swift and firm stance by Iranian officials in cases the name of the Iranian waterway is forged and doctored by some countries.
Iran has already shown serious response against the measure which aim at doctoring the name of Persian Gulf.
"Persian Gulf has always been a Persian sea, but attempts have been made to change its name following presence of Britain and America in the region," Firouzabadi added.
On almost all maps printed before 1960, and in most modern international treaties, documents and maps, this body of water is known by the name "Persian Gulf."
It was referred to as the Persian Gulf in the Arabic Christian writer Agapius, writing in the 10th century.
Arab countries also used the term "Persian Gulf" until the 1960s, but during that decade, some Arab countries, including the ones bordering the Persian Gulf, adopted widespread use of the term Arab Gulf or Arabian Gulf to refer to this waterway.