Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said it considered the likely return of U.S. warships to the Gulf part of routine activity, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
It cited Revolutionary Guard Deputy Commander Hossein Salami as saying that “U.S. warships and military forces have been in the Gulf and the Middle East region for many years and their decision in relation to the dispatch of a new warship is not a new issue and it should be interpreted as part of their permanent presence.”
Revolutionary Guard new naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf would go ahead as planned which would take place from January 21 to February 19, Salami noted.
On Thursday, Washington announced the deployment of a marine unit and amphibious transport dock ships to the Gulf.