IRGC denies West claims about 'harassing' foreign commercial ship
The IRGC affirms that it will undoubtedly continue to provide swift responses to calls for assistance from boats and ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf.
Rear Admiral Abbas Gholamshahi, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy's First Zone, denied Western claims that the IRGC had "harassed" a foreign commercial ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday.
On Monday, the US Navy alleged that its sailors and the UK Royal Navy aided a ship in the Strait of Hormuz after the IRGC reportedly "harassed" it.
According to Gholamshahi, there were no trans-regional vessels present when the commercial ship requested assistance, therefore US Navy and UK Royal Navy's allegations are absolutely incorrect.
The Rear Admiral explained that on Sunday, a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial ship sought help through Channel 16, an international distress frequency, after crossing the Strait.
He pointed out that after reviewing the request, the IRGC's command and control in the vital waterway swiftly made radio contact with the ship.
Gholamshahi considered that the adversary media spread false information in order to legitimize the illegal and unlawful presence of extra-regional nations in the Gulf.
The senior Iranian commander affirmed that providing security, assistance, and swift responses to calls for assistance from boats and ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf will undoubtedly be pursued by the IRGC.
He underlined that Iran stresses that sustaining the Gulf's security is the duty of the region's nations.
Elsewhere, Gholamshahi underlined that Gulf states have the power and ability to ensure the security of the region without foreign interference.