Iran’s navy chief threatens UK, US ships, says Israeli presence in the Gulf could spark a war

Iran's navy chief threatens UK, US ships, says Israeli presence in the Gulf could spark a war

The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards terror group navy said in an interview to a Hezbollah-linked channel that any presence by ‘the Zionist entity‘ the State of Israel in the waters of the Persian Gulf may spark a war.

“The Revolutionary Guards can detain any ship they want to stop, even if it is from the British or American fleet,” Alireza Tangsiri threatened.

Israel is taking part in a US-led naval mission to safeguard the Persian Gulf from Iranian attacks, Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz last week told a closed-door meeting with members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Katz said that Israel is part of the US security coalition in the Persian Gulf and is assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields.

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Last week, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group seized another foreign vessel in the Persian Gulf and kidnapped its seven crew members. This would mark the third commercial vessel seized by Iran in recent weeks.

Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which President Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, tensions have escalated and oil tankers have been seized by Iran or targeted by Iranian-backed terrorists.