The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the Persian Gulf region, Oman’s foreign minister said, due in part to the growing number of military vessels from different countries that are patrolling it.
South Korea says it is set to expand the operational area of its anti-piracy unit now stationed in the Gulf of Aden so as to cover the Strait of Hormuz, stressing that the naval task force will operate separately from a US-led military coalition deployed to the Persian Gulf waters under the pretext of protecting shipping lanes.
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said foreign forces are causing insecurity and instability in the Strait of Hormuz with their military presence in the strategic sea passage, stressing the responsibility rests with Persian Gulf littoral states to ensure the water body’s security.
Germany reiterates it will not join US-led naval mission in Strait of Hormuz
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the country’s power to protect its vital interests in the Strait of Hormuz, saying his country’s dominant position in the strait is not founded on naval vessels alone, but involves missile capabilities, as well.
Naval units of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) began the 9th massive military exercise, codenamed 'Payambar-e Azam 9' (The Great Prophet 9) in the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran, Wednesday morning.