Iran is threatening to send war ships to the East Coast of the United States in a major escalation with America.

The threat comes barely a week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was welcomed at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iranian Navy head Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari declared, “Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a power presence close to American marine borders.”

Sayyari made his remarks at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war, which lasted from 1980 to 1988, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Periodically Iran shows off the latest missiles and other military hardware currently in development, and parades its military prowess to the general public.

The Islamic Republic's Yunis submarine  returned to Tehran in July after a 66-day international mission, carried out largely in the Red Sea, together with Iran's 14th Fleet.

Earlier in the year, a flotilla of two Iranian vessels traveled to the Syrian port of Lazeqiyya on a mission of “peace and friendship” following the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's Tahrir Square Revolution. Both Israel and the United States expressed “grave concern” about the vessels and their presence in the Mediterranean at the time.

One month later, Iranian-produced weapons  headed for Gaza were seized in March from a ship that had just left Syria.

The German-owned, French-operated and Liberian-flagged vessel was sailing to Alexandria crammed with Iranian-made weapons for the Hamas terrorists who rule of the region that borders Israel's southeastern flank.

The Iranian president has repeatedly vowed to wipe Israel off the map.

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