Tehran Declared It Would Not Allow US Helicopters To Fly Over Iranian Oil Rigs
Tehran won't allow American helicopters to fly over Iranian oil rigs in the Persian Gulf. This was stated on Saturday by the commander of the naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, elite units of the armed forces of Iran) Alireza Tangsiri.
"We will not tolerate Americans checking our fishing vessels and US helicopters flying over our oil rigs in the region," the young journalists' Club quoted him as saying. At the same time, the military added that "the Persian Gulf is the home of Iran, and Tehran does not seek to inflame [the conflict] in it."
According to Tangsiri, "with the departure of the Americans, the region will be freed from problems, and security will come to the Persian Gulf."
The press service of the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy on April 15 issued an allegation that military boats of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps made dangerous maneuvers near several American warships in the Persian Gulf. After that, US President Donald Trump said that he had instructed the Navy to destroy any Iranian boats that create obstacles to American ships at sea.
IRGC commander Hossein Salami responded on April 23 by saying that Iran's armed forces would attack US ships that threaten the country's security.