Iran can completely impose blockade on Persian Gulf

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Dubai, Sep 18 (UNI) Iran has said if a war is waged against them, the country can impose a complete blockade on the Persian Gulf, in an indirect threat that the bulk of world's oil supply from the Gulf could be halted.

''No vessel could pass through the Persian Gulf waters without being at the reach of the missiles of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Navy (IRGCN),'' Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, the top military advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, told the Fars News Agency.

The former commander of the IRGCN had earlier declared that the responsibility of Persian Gulf defense had been handed over to the IRGCN.

A US-based think tank has recently declared that IRGCN is capable of waging a unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

The report by The Washington Institute for the Near East Policy authored by Fariborz Haghshenas, an expert on the Iranian military, said in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq war, the IRGCN has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force.

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