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Iran's IRGC ordered to target any US "terrorist" ships if they harass security of our civilian ships or military vessels

Iran's IRGC chief Gen. Hossein  Salami said in a video posted on Twitter on Thursday that he had ordered the Iranian forces to target the US war ships it they by any means harass security of Iran's civilian ships or military vessels in the Persian Gulf.
"We ordered our forces to target any US "terrorist" ships if they harass security of our civilian ships or military vessels."

His remarks follows Trump's tweet instructing US Navy to "shoot down & destroy" Iranian gunboats in Persian Gulf.

Salami vowed on Thursday that the military will deliver a "decisive response" to the US if any hostilities break out in the Persian Gulf. "We declare to the Americans that we are absolutely determined and serious... and that all action will be met with a decisive response that will be efficient and quick," Salami told state television.

The threat is the latest escalation in a long-simmering row between the two adversaries and comes just a day after Trump authorized the Navy to open fire and "destroy" Iranian gunboats if they harass American warships in the Gulf.

"We have also ordered our naval units to target (US boats and forces) if they try to endanger the safety of our ships or boats of war," he added.

Salami said last week's maritime incident was the result of "unprofessional and dangerous behaviour by the Americans in the Persian Gulf."

The Guards commander also indicated that US actions in the sensitive waterway had been hampered by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Iran and the United States are among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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