American naval ships are immediately available for Iranian missiles, should the United States think about an offensive against the Islamic Republic, an analyst tells Press TV.
“The United States knows that its ships in the Persian Gulf are sitting ducks when it comes to Iranian missiles, the Persian Gulf is not very large, if missiles are fired at the American naval ships, they will hit their targets very quickly,” Dr. Mohammad Marandi, a professor at Tehran University, said in an interview with Press TV.
He also added that Western countries would face very severe consequences in case of a possible military attack against Iran.
“I think the Iranians also believe that Western countries are not in a position to initiate conflict. If they do, they would face very severe consequences,” Marandi said.
He made the remarks after the European Union on July 1 embarked on a new round of sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports in a bid to put more pressure on the nation to give up its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
In response, Iran has conducted a three-day missile drill, entitled the Great Prophet 7, in the central Iranian province of Semnan.
The analyst said Iran wants to send a message by the military exercises to Western states that they should be concerned about escalating the situation further.
Marandi also criticized Washington for persuading other countries to stop economic trade with Iran.
“What the Americans have been doing is that they have been bullying independent countries to prevent them from purchasing Iranian crude oil, as well as from investing in the Iranian oil and trade sector,” he said.