The commander of the Fifth U.S. Fleet, Vice Admiral Mark Fox, said that only diplomacy can defuse tensions with Iran despite the strengthening of its military presence in the Persian Gulf, reported the international media on Monday.
“Regarding all this bellicose rhetoric emanating from Iran, we believe that diplomacy is the best way to weaken the power […] I am convinced that this is the only path we must follow,” said Mr. Fox, who commands the international naval forces charged with maintaining navigation in the Gulf.
According to Vice Admiral, Iran has strengthened its naval in the Strait of Hormuz by deploying boats could be used for suicide attacks.
“They [the Iranians] have increased the number of submarines and that of fast attack boats. Some of these boats were equipped with a large warhead that could be used as an explosive suicide,” said M . Fox.
He also mentioned the danger of mines. “The Iranians have stockpiled mines and these mines are a danger and an imperceptible sea very difficult problem to treat,” said Vice-Admiral.
He believes that the Iranians are able to close the Strait of Hormuz. “But I can not imagine that we find ourselves in this situation,” said the soldier, convinced that the U.S. Navy would not allow a blockage of the Strait.
Tehran had previously said it would close the Strait of Hormuz (linking the Gulf of Oman in the Persian Gulf) if the West decreed an embargo on Iranian oil exports. On 23 January, the European Union approved the embargo to come into force on 1 July. This measure is required to penalize Iran still refuses, according to the EU, to cooperate with the international community over its nuclear program.