0144 GMT May 07, 2021
"Security has been established in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman thanks to the permanent deployment of the Iranian Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). Therefore, there is no need for the Americans to escort their ships in this region," Sayyari told reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Fars News Agency reported.
"Security prevails over the Persian Gulf, but the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandab lack enough security. Therefore, the Americans should escort their ships in that region," he added.
The Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
US Navy ships will begin to accompany US- and British-flagged commercial ships as they travel the Strait of Hormuz, American defense officials confirmed to Fox News, on the heels of Iran seizing a cargo ship on April 28.
Iranian officials said that the case of the Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship recently impounded in the Persian Gulf is purely financial.
The Iranian oil company has filed a lawsuit in this regard.
Hamid Reza Jahanian, managing director of Pars Talayieh oil product company, told Fars News Agency on Saturday that attempts are being made to politicize the issue.
“The true reason behind the seizure was the damage inflicted upon the Iranian company by the Maersk Line container shipping company, which is part of the Maersk Group headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark,” he said.
But, in a clear response to that incident, a defense official said the US Navy will now accompany all US-flagged ships going through the area, from the Persian Gulf toward the Arabian Sea.
The US official said the Navy will also accompany British-flagged vessels.
Sayyari announced on Thursday that Iranian warships are carrying out patrolling missions in Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Aden.