TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined Tehran's resolve to utilize all its capabilities and possibilities to defend itself against enemies, and said Iran does not ask for the US permission to close the Strait of Hormuz.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not ask for the permission of any country for implementing its defensive strategies," Salami told reporters in Tehran on Thursday.
He underlined that Americans are not in a position to allow or not allow Iran to do what it wants. "The US is not in a position to affect Iran's decisions," he said, and added, "The Americans are not qualified to give us permission for carrying out our military strategy."
"Whenever the vital interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran are threatened, we will use threat against threat as we have not doubt about implementing our defensive strategies for defending our vital values and we will act more resolutely than ever," the General added.
Salami made the remarks in response to the comments by a US Navy commander who had claimed that Washington will not allow Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz.
Iranian officials have recently warned enemies that Iran is entitled to the right to close the strategic oil lifeline as a defensive option against foreign invasion or sanctions on its oil exports.
Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi warned this week that "not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz" if the West followed through with planned additional sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
A US Defense Department spokesman replied with a declaration Wednesday that "interference with the transit... of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated."
Israel and its close ally the United States have recently intensified their war rhetoric against Iran. The two arch foes of the Islamic Republic accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.
The United States has long stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran's progress in the field of nuclear technology.
Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway.