Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran to Send Warships to Atlantic Ocean

Iran to Send Warships to Atlantic Ocean

"Since the Atlantic Ocean is very far, it is likely that the Iranian naval fleet's mission would take up to five months to complete", Rear Admiral Hassani-Moqadam said in an interview with IRNA.

Iran sees the presence of US aircraft carriers in the Gulf as a security concern and its navy has sought to counter that by showing the flag near American waters.

Friday's statement comes after on Thursday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif engaged in a war of words via Twitter over Iran's space program.

"The navy has had a plan to deploy a flotilla to the Atlantic Ocean for a few years and now everything seems prepared to launch the mission", said Fars news agency, which is considered close to Iran's military.

Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani told the state-run IRNA news site the flotilla of warships would depart for the Atlantic in March, and the mission would take several months. The application was created to be five months, this was the longest Mission of the Navy of the last ten years.

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Security forces have been deployed in the capital and will remain there over the coming days in order to maintain order, he said. He was narrowly re-elected in 2016 following a presidential poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud .

Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters and Iran says it is equipped with antiaircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, and also has electronic warfare capabilities.

The USS Mitscher, part of a strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, sails as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel shadows it on December 21, 2018.

The tension between Iran and the US has mounted after President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear agreement reached under his predecessor and his move to reinstate harsh economic sanctions on Tehran.

Iran has warned that if it can not sell its oil due to USA pressures, then no other regional country will be allowed to do so either, threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.

The U.S. and Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guards have one another in the Gulf in recent years.

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