Speaking about US threats against exports of Iranian oil, the Naval Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Neda) Commander said: “The Strait of Hormuz is an international waterway and we will block it we are prevented from using it.”
A former Iranian diplomat says: “Iran aims to circumvent the sanctions as on previous occasions if the US does not renew waivers. Closing the Strait of Hormuz will entail a reaction by the US which will lead to military confrontation in the Persian Gulf.”
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Commander of All Iranian Armed Forces, has appointed the former IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami as the new chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards.
An Iranian expert of political affairs has said: “Certain remarks by some authorities of the Islamic Republic who said sanctions are a blessing is just taking advantage of a reasonable religious phrase to justify their shortcomings for mismanagement.”
An Iranian university professor has said: “US military action against Iran in medium-term will gain more weight should the latter’s military power and regional influence decline, but increasing the cost of a US military action would halt the implementation of this policy.”
In an exclusive interview with Persia Digest (PD) MIT Professor, John Tirman, said: “For all his bluster, Trump probably does not want a war with Iran. But if he takes such a decision, he will not seek congressional approval.”
The new Schiller album called “Morgenstund” which is fusion music recorded with Iranian musicians was released internationally in March this year. They have now started their tour in which Yalda Abbasi, Iranian woman musician, also plays the dotar.
A Russian affairs analyst in Iran believes: “The main addressees of Putin’s recent speech were Europe and the US. But, Russia will not take Iran’s side as tensions rise and, essentially, it is not in a position to help Iran.”
President Trump on Monday played down tensions with Iran, saying his administration currently has no signs of threatening actions by Tehran but that if that changes, the United States “will have no choice” but to respond forcefully.