Iranian authorities can at any time seize any ship in the Persian Gulf, even if it is accompanied by American or British forces. This was stated by Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, the elite units of Iranian troops), reports Al-Arabiya with reference to the television of the Islamic Republic.
He also stressed that the Maritime forces of the IRGC can independently ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf and do not need a foreign presence. The commander warned that if there were any Israeli forces in the Gulf, it could lead to war.
Tangsiri accused the US and Britain of inventing “different scenarios” to justify their presence in the waters of the Gulf, and also pointed out that the US side unreasonably accuses Iran of attacking oil tankers.
On July 22, the UK reported that it was sending a nuclear submarine and marine units to the Persian Gulf. On July 19, Iran announced the capture of the British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.
Earlier in mid-June, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, and four commercial vessels, two of which belonged to Saudi Arabia, had been damaged a month earlier. The American side considers Iran the main suspect in both attacks.