Iran says ready to repel any threat

Iran says ready to repel any threat

Iran says ready to repel any threat

The first military satellite of Iran was successfully put on orbit by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said Revolutionary Guard vessels repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of several American ships at close range and high speed in the northern Gulf.

"I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran's military or non-military ships", Salami told state TV, Reuters reported. He drew a parallel between last week's naval encounter in the Gulf and Wednesday's space launch, which said was "just another example of Iranian malign behavior".

Despite a United Nations ban on Iran testing ballistic missiles, which can have a military objective, Iran said Wednesday it had launched a military satellite into space.

The Iranian ships also came within 10 yards of another ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui. He said that if the Iranians want to go down that path, "we will come, and we will come large".

On the other hand, Russian Federation has no information signifying that Iran has tested a missile for carrying nuclear weapons, he said.

Iran has hit back after Donald Trump said he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea. The very presence of large numbers of US warships off the Iranian coast must be questioned as well.

The Navy said that the Iranian's unsafe and provocative actions "increased the risk of miscalculation and collision" and were in violation of global maritime "rules of the road".

"The very act of launching a military satellite in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that is affecting Iran too is a statement of self confidence and perseverance by the ayatollahs to the West but mainly to its own population", Rubin said.

The satellite was launched via the Qassed (Carrier) satellite carrier during an operation that was staged in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran's sprawling central desert. But Iran blamed the US.

Such a system may allow Iran to more quickly fuel a rocket, something crucial in an offensive weapon system, Hinz said, while stressing more information was needed about the launch.

Already tense relations between the two countries were worsened by a US drone strike that killed top IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani in January.

"What the president says sends a great message to Iran", said General John Hyten, vice-chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I don't think it remotely is, and I think Iran needs to be held accountable for what it's done", Pompeo said. A number of military activities undertaken by Iran in recent days suggest that Tehran is relentless in upping the ante and creating strategic frictions with the well as others in the region.

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