Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif derided the US military presence in the Persian Gulf and slammed the US Navy for using fictitious name to refer to the Persian Gulf.
“US Navy can’t seem to find its way around our waters. Perhaps because it hasn’t figured out its name: Persian Gulf, as it's been called for 2,000 yrs longer than US has existed. Or maybe it doesn't know what it's doing in our backyard, 7,000 miles from home,” Zarif said in a message posted on his Twitter account.
Zarif's remarks came shortly after chief spokesman for US Central Command William Urban used the fabricated "Arabian Gulf” during an interview with the CNN.
Iran has designated April 30 as National Persian Gulf Day to highlight the fact that the waterway has been referred to by historians and ancient texts as "Persian" since the Achaemenid Empire was established in what is now modern day Iran.
While historical documents show that the waterway has always been referred to as the “Persian Gulf,” certain Arab states and their allies have recently mounted efforts to remove “Persian” from the name of the strategic waterway.