Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:8PM
The defense and security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz was discussed in the Second National Geographic, Development and Security Conference in Tehran. More than 218 articles were forwarded to the secretariat of the conference and 24 will be presented orally and as posters in this two day conference. The Secretary of the conference, Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi, who is also a Senior Military Aid to the Iranian Leader, talked about the aim of this event. He added that the Iranian islands in Persian Gulf can be used as defensive posts as needed. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, Islamic Republic Guards Corps, IRGC, Navy Commander was also present at the conference and talked about Strait of Hormuz and what would happen if the safe flow of maritime traffic is disrupted there. Strait of Hormuz is a highly strategic location for international trade. Officials here say that around nineteen million barrels of oil per day are exported through this region. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi also talked about the new U-S drone, "Scan Eagle", that Iran intercepted and grounded while flying over its airspace, earlier this month. He stated that this is the third time that Iran has captured a “Scan Eagle” drone but this is the first time that they have given that information to the media. Officials added that there are around 93 foreign warships present in the region between the Sea of Oman to Persian Gulf.