The statement comes amid brewing tensions in the Persian Gulf region, instigated by US war maneuvers with its Arab allies in Gulf waters that have drawn anger from Tehran.

US naval vessels will be destroyed should they threaten Iranian military or non-military ships in the Persian Gulf, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Hossein Salami said in a speech broadcast by state TV. Salami noted that any US provocation will be met with a “crushing response”.

“The security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities”, Salami stated.

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