TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy warned all vessels participating in ongoing war games in the Persian Gulf to keep away from Iranian waters as well as international waters near the Islamic Republic.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the IRGC Navy deplored the drills underway in the Persian Gulf as a “clear example” of attempts to escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

All vessels present in the war games should be aware that the IRGC Navy believes the war games are a clear example of creating tensions and undermining sustainable security in the Persian Gulf, the statement read.

The vessels are not allowed to sail through Iran’s territorial waters or even the international waters near the country, the IRGC Navy warned, adding that if they enter Iran’s waters, it is not guaranteed that their passage would be “innocent passage”.

The statement went on to say that the IRGC Navy and the Army Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran are fully prepared to ensure sustainable security in the Persian Gulf and the Hormuz Strait and will promptly confront any move aimed at disturbing peace and security in the area.

Local media reports said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is conducting live-fire drills during war games code-named “Exercise (Persian) Gulf Shield 1”.

According to the reports, the drills involve naval ships, aircraft, marines and “special units”.