Tehran’s joint naval drills with Moscow and Beijing are sending a bold message to Washington and its allies to keep out its “undesirable security arrangements,” Iran’s naval forces commander stated.
“The era of inroads by the Americans in the region has ended and they have to gradually leave the region,” Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi proclaimed, as cited by local media.
The trilateral naval exercise is being held to “boost security in the region.” But aside from that, it has sent “a highly significant message” to the US “and their sidekicks,” the top officer added.
Previously, Iran bluntly warned those interested in gathering intelligence to keep clear from the drills. Its navy was instructed to target “whatever spying craft in the war game zone, be it watercraft or aircraft.”
The naval drills kicked off on Friday in Iran's port city of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman. They involve an array of training missions, such as counter-piracy and rescue operations.