03 January 2012

Iran Says "Boo"; US Says "Uh, OK"

Iran has threatened "action" if the US sends a carrier group back to the Gulf.

Iran will take action if a U.S. aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises returns to the Gulf, the state news agency quoted army chief Ataollah Salehi as saying on Tuesday.
"Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Salehi told IRNA.
"I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying.
Salehi did not name the aircraft carrier or give details of the action Iran might take if it returned.
Iran completed 10 days of naval exercises in the Gulf on Monday, and said during the drills that if foreign powers imposed sanctions on its crude exports it could shut the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's traded oil is shipped.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said it would not allow shipping to be disrupted in the strait.

And by 'action' perhaps they will taunt us a second time...

By: Brant


Kevin (The Big Board) said...

Your Faaatherr was 'an 'amster

OJsDad said...

Back in 1988 when I joined the Navy, I was sent to the Persian Gulf as a Stinger Missile Gunner on ships escorting tankers through the Gulf and Straits of Hormuz. Twenty-four years later, and things remain the same.

I remember one night being on watch, we came across two tankers with holes in them about half the size of the Spruance class destroyer I was on.