Iran not affected by upcoming U.S. maneuvers in Gulf - Navy admiral
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 6 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran is not affected by the upcoming U.S. maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, Fars reported.
Admiral Sayyari made the remarks about the upcoming 'International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012'- large-scale minesweeping maneuvers where aside from U.S., its other allies will participate.
According to Pentagon, the maneuvers will be held in September, and will not extend to the Strait of Hormuz.
The exercise, held amid growing tensions vis-a-vis Iran, "will focus on a hypothetical threat to mine the international strategic waterways of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf," the US Central Command said.
"Iran fully controls and manages the Strait of Hormuz," Sayyari noted. "Aside from that Iran always looking out for stability and security in the region".
Sayyari expressed regret about some Persian Gulf countries that "shake hands with arrogant powers", and urged them to concentrate on their own resources.