An Iranian naval ship fires a Mehrab (Altar) missile during the Velayat-90 naval drills in the general area of the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran, January 1, 2012.
A senior Iranian Navy commander says Iran's Armed Forces fully monitor maneuvers of the United States and other countries amid the ongoing US-led naval exercises in the Persian Gulf and other strategic waterways in the Middle East.
“Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have full intelligent awareness over the foreign forces’ moves,” Second Rear Admiral Hossein Azad told reporters on Thursday.
He added that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy along with the Islamic Republic of Iran's Naval Forces are closely monitoring moves by foreign forces in international waters, northern Indian Ocean, Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.
The naval commander noted that the US and its allies are performing the maneuvers near the Persian Gulf under the pretext of improving security but history has proven the falsehood of their claims.
Azad emphasized that only regional countries can safeguard security in the region.
The US is conducting the anti-mine exercises near the Persian Gulf in cooperation with more than 30 countries. The maneuvers formally began earlier this week but only got under way at sea on Thursday.
The US Navy claims that the exercises are purely defensive and not directed at any country.
Washington had added five warships to its Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, in an attempt to bolster its military presence in the Persian Gulf.
Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
Tehran has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.