Mark 13:8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
The United Kingdom is sending a clear message to Tehran by deploying warships into the Gulf.
Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official said, “the European Union’s behavior is irrational and it wont stop the Islamic Republic of Iran from defending its national interests.”
Alireza Nikzad Rahbar, a senior official of the Iran Oil Ministry, says the embargo will probably end up helping Tehran by creating a shortage in supplies. “Europe will be the loser and we will earn more because of higher prices.”
Philip Hammond is the current Defense Secretary and member of the British Parliament. He said if it becomes necessary, contingency plans are in place to send extra warships, aircraft and troops to the region. We are participating in the flotilla led by the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln through the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to block. This should send “a clear signal about the resolve of the international community to defend the right of free passage through international waters.”
The British HMS Argyll, and a French warship are part of the military convoy that sailed within a few miles of the Iranian coast. Hammond says the UK has a response task force of about 1,500 naval personnel in the Indian Ocean, which can be activated on very short notice. The HMS Daring, a destroyer with air-defense capabilities, is on its way toward Suez on a six-month mission and could be diverted in case of an emergency situation. The HMS Westminster, has left Portsmouth in southern England and could reach the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow, strategically important strait between the Gulf of Oman in the southeast and the Persian Gulf, within a week.
The Pentagon said the “enhanced presence” will continue and is “considered to be adequate” for whatever mission is required.
There has been no reaction from the Iranian Military to all the Western positioning.
The Foreign Ministry in Tehran did call in the Danish ambassador this week for a meeting and was informed that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not pleased with the international sanctions against his country.