The Iranian military claimed to be the strongest in the Middle East. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) released a statement, denouncing U.S. sanctions against Iran, and noted that the Iranian armed forces now “meet the standards of the modern world and succeed against threats” from land, air, and sea, making them “the strongest that no need to be questioned in this region, and in competition with extra-regional powers.”
Iran has praised the country’s defense industry’s achievements, stating that its power is unparalleled in the region, as the United States (US) seeks to gather an international coalition to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The day ahead of the Iranian national Defence industry Day, the Iranian Ministry of Defence published a statement on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, which says that the country’s military-industrial complex has become a “pillar of strong defence force and extraordinary symbol of self-reliance and national self-esteem” which raises “panic and terror among Iranian enemies.”
The statement identifies the U.S. “terrorist and the instation of war” and Israel the “fictional and murderous children” as the country’s main enemy, and says that Iran’s power has “prevented the arrogant countries from committing daring and dangerous acts”, writes Tom O’Connor at Newsweek, on August 2019 ago.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) also released a statement, denouncing the U.S. sanctions against Iran, and noting that despite these restrictions, the Iranian armed forces now “meet the standards of the modern world and successfully respond to threats” from land, air, and sea, making them “the strongest that no need to be questioned in this region and in competition with extra-regional power
A number of other prominent military officials such as chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, Conventional naval commander Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, and Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Saeed Shabanian, also made a separate speech to honour the country’s defence industry, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region.
The US, meanwhile, saw some limited successes in its efforts to mobilize allies against Iran in the Middle East. After accused Tehran of targeting commercial vessels, and the two countries each claimed to have dropped drones with each other, Washington called for multinational maritime security initiatives that would ensure the smooth flow of oil, and damage Iran’s influence off its own shores.
The offer was initially not accepted. China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK all still support the nuclear deal they signed with the U.S. and Iran in 2015, and accused president Donald Trump of raising tensions with Tehran by leaving the treaty last year and forcing countries to break trade ties with Iran, further Tom O’Connor.
As for the close allies of the US in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran has actively sought to improve its tense diplomatic relations, with recent talks with officials from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates in an effort to improve regional cooperation and prevent more foreign presence.
In June 2019, however, the British announced it would join a U.S.-led mission, as London and Tehran argued to have each other oil tanker seized each other. A judge in Gibraltar has since freed the ship of Grace 1 Iran — which later changed its name to Adrian Darya — and the British-flagged Stena Impero is reportedly being submitted to court in the port city of Bandar Abbas.
Bahrain — The Muslim island country of the majority of Shia ruled by the Sunni Muslim monarchy with a close relationship with Saudi Arabia — became the second to join the effort on Monday (19/8). The news was reported by the Bahrain News Agency after a meeting between King Hamad and US Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced “The government has decided that it is Australia’s national interest to work with our international partners to contribute to international maritime security missions known as International maritime security constructs in the Middle East.”
He described this contribution as a “limited scope” and “time-bound,” consisting of planning and operations staff, the P-8A reconnaissance aircraft, and naval bodyguards Tom O’Connor exposes.
South Korea and Israel have also expressed interest in U.S.-led operations, while France has so far ignored U.S. calls, and Germany has rejected it. China and Russia have supported Iran’s efforts to build regional relations, and called for Europe to accelerate its efforts to build special trading facilities designed to ward off the Trump government’s sanctions.
In addition to accusing Iran’s discreet nuclear weapons ambitions, the U.S. has accused Iran of damaging area stability through militant groups and missile development. U.S. secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Tuesday, August 20, 2018, that the Trump government has “successfully seized nearly 2.7 million barrels of crude on the market by blocking Iran’s wealth to create their terror campaigns around the world, and we have managed to keep the oil supply in the market fulfilled.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a global tour to rally support for the 2015 nuclear treaty, by heading to Sweden after stopping in Finland and before the next destination to Norway.
Speaking on Wednesday, August 21, 2018, at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, he warned the Arab countries that they “could not achieve security” by buying Western weapons, and warned the U.S. that “President Trump should not expect that he could not be predicted but expect others to be predictable,” reported from Newsweek.