Tehran: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Hussein Salami has claimed that ‘The US arsenal is obsolete. Also, the shrinking US economy cannot support a prolonged conflict. Therefore, the US cannot wage war against Iran’. An Iranian drone has just carried out surveillance of the enormous USS Nimitz aircraft carrier sailing through Strait of Hormuz. After that, the IRGC chief issued the warning. Meanwhile, Iran has deployed 188 drones for surveillance in the Persian Gulf.
The US’ USS Nimitz carrier strike group, which was deployed at the mouth of the Persian Gulf in the past few days, sailed through the Strait of Hormuz on Sept 18. The IRGC claimed that its drone carried out surveillance of the carrier strike group. Also, the IRGC said that its drones had spotted fighter jets aboard the US aircraft carrier. Now, the Iranian media have released photographs of it as well, although the US Navy has rejected all the claims. Iran had released such images of surveillance over USS Dwight Eisenhower last year.
The IRGC chief threatened the US within hours of surveillance in the Strait of Hormuz. He criticized the US and said the country was unable to control the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Furthermore, Maj. Gen. Salami alleged that the US did not have the capacity to wage war with Iran as its arms and ammunition had turned obsolete. Salami added that after the Iraq war fought in the 80s, Iran had expanded its war-fighting capabilities. What’s more, is that he made sensational remarks and said that Iran had deployed thousands of regiments (one regiment comprises anything between 1000-2000 soldiers) in the gulf to counter the US and its allies.
The IRGC general has drawn attention to the pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Apart from that, Iran has announced that 188 drones were deployed in the Strait of Hormuz for reconnaissance. The drones were deployed on the ships patrolling in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC informed. Besides, Iranian media has reported of Iran operationalizing a naval base in Sirik in the Strait of Hormuz. The water body acts as a crucial chokepoint controlling 35% of global oil transit. As a result, Iranian military activities in the Hormuz Strait are ratcheting tensions in the region. Moreover, President Trump had threatened Iran only a few days ago of retaliating with thousand times greater force in case the regime launched an attack.