Iran spying has been caught on US warships. Indeed, a Revolutionary Guard UAV, the Iranian ideological army, flew over a US aircraft carrier crossing into the Gulf, the Iranian news agency Tasnim said on its website on Sunday.
The agency has released a video, undated, showing a light blue drone with the inscription “Ababil III” in Persian and Latin letters taking off from a desert track by the sea. The video, accompanied by action-movie-like music, was shot by the Revolutionary Guards naval force, according to Tasnim.
After the aircraft takes off, it shows an aerial view of two warships cruising at sea and appearing to belong to the escort of an aircraft carrier. On the turret of the vessel is registered the number 69 in giant numbers.
The video then gives, in the form of information embedded in the image, details of the number of aircraft on the deck, some of which are visible to the naked eye, including two American Hawkeye AWACS surveillance aircraft and some F18 fighter planes.
The United States announced on April 8 the placement of Revolutionary Guards on their “list of foreign terrorist organizations”. In response, the Supreme Council of Iranian National Security announced the same day that it now considers US forces deployed in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and Central Asia as “terrorist groups”.
Iran considers itself the guardian of the Gulf and regularly denounces the American military presence in this arm of the sea. On Wednesday in New York, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the United States that it would face “consequences” if it took the “crazy step” of banning Iran from access to the Strait of Hormuz, which closes the Gulf and through which one third of the oil transiting by sea would pass.
“The United States should know that when they enter the Strait of Hormuz, they must speak to those who protect the Strait of Hormuz – the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution,” added Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks after the US government announced on April 22, as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, that Washington would impose sanctions from May against any country that would continue to buy Iranian oil.
“We are not trying to close the Strait of Hormuz, but if the hostility of our enemies increases, we will be able to do so,” said General Mohammad Baghéri, chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, on Sunday, according to the Isna agency.
“On the other hand, if our oil can not pass the strait, oil from other countries will certainly not pass either,” the officer added.