Iran is Observing US activities in the Gulf Region: President Rouhani

Iran observing US activities

President Rouhani has said although Iran was observing US activities in the Gulf, it would only involve in any conflict if it was attacked.

These statements from Iranian President came during his telephonic conversation with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, according to the Iranian media.

Rouhani reportedly said that “The Islamic Republic of Iran follows America’s activities and movements closely, but it will never be the one that starts conflict and tension in the region.”

Earlier this week, President Trump said that he had ordered the US Navy to attack any Iranian ships that threaten US vessels at sea.

A few weeks ago, the US administration said 11 Iranian war boats came close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the region, terming the moves “dangerous and provocative”.

Tehran made the US responsible for the incident.

Is the Situation leading to a War?

Iranian authorities on Thursday blamed Trump for “bullying” and suggested that he should focus on the health of its service members suffering from the coronavirus instead of making threats. 

Thousands of US soldiers have reportedly contracted the virus, in addition to the death of two of them from COVID-19, the fatal disease caused by the coronavirus.

On Friday, the Iranian response came from the leader of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to destroy any US ship that might pose a threat to its interests.

“I have instructed our naval forces to annihilate any US force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships,” General Hossein Salami said to the press.

“Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities,” Salami added. 

Tensions between Iran and the US escalated earlier this year after the US airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in Iraq.

The assassination brought the US and Iran on the verge of war.


The Iranian payback was a rocket attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Assad base on January 8 where US forces were stationed. Although no US soldier was killed or faced immediate physical injury, more than 100 were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.


While Iran is observing the US activities in the region, the US has cautiously traded Iranian action with verbal attacks.

Despite all the hue and cry on each side, any possibility of war between the US and Iran is an unlikely possibility. There are primarily three reasons for this assertion.

First is the more short-term reason: the coronavirus.

As the US is already bearing the brunt of the pandemic that has caused the death of more than 200,000 people across the world, and around 50,000, or one-fourth in the US.

Secondly, the US Presidential elections are just around the corner and any further engagement would sink President Trump’s graph. And although Mr Trump is known for doing silly mistakes, it would be the last mistake he will ever commit.

Thirdly, and perhaps more important than the previous two reasons that would act as a shield any likelihood of war between the US and Iran is the formidability of Iran.

No analyst with the knowledge of the middle eastern situation will contest that Iran is neither Afghanistan nor Iraq.

If the US had any perfect justification, or pretext, to attack Iran during the last decade, it was in 2019 when various ship attack incidents occurred on two different occasions. Then, it was the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

If Iran was not attacked then, it is highly unlikely the US will attack Iran in the foreseeable future.

However, in this situation, it is more uncertain to predict how Iran might behave!

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