Any external presence in Gulf 'source of insecurity' for Iran - Zarif

11 Août, 2019, 14:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Iran has also warned about Israel's presence in the Persian Gulf and said the regime and its American ally will be responsible for any consequences resulting from the US' so-called maritime coalition in the region. President Donald Trump claimed the USA warship took out an Iranian drone about a month after the Revolutionary Guards shot down a US drone in the Persian Gulf region.

Traffic through the Strait has become the focus for a standoff between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump previous year quit a 2015 nuclear pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, Iran is upping the ante in its confrontation with the West, tricking oil tankers into thinking Iranian vessels are U.S. and British warships and prompting them to enter Iranian waters, where they can be seized. Tehran denied the allegation, accusing the United Kingdom of acting at the behest of the USA and demanding the immediate release of the ship.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Friday that any military presence in the Gulf from outside the region would be a "source of insecurity" for Iran, and Tehran would act to safeguard its security. If a U.S. flag commercial vessel suspects it is being hailed from a source falsely claiming to be a U.S. or coalition naval vessel, the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch should be immediately informed ...

"Some U.S. allies in the region were encouraging America to wage war, but they realized that the war with Iran would threaten their political systems, so they were silent", Salami said during a speech Thursday in the western city of Kermanshah.

Tensions have soared in the region, with drones downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf waters.

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Last month, IRGC forces seized the British-flagged Stena Impero and its multinational crew, accusing them of failing to observe worldwide maritime law.

The official said the Iranian jammers have no effect on US military warships and aircraft.

Israeli officials are now refusing to comment on reports of the country's involvement in the coalition.

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He then stressed Iran's serious resolve to deepen bilateral cooperation with Nicaragua in various fields, including trade, industry, energy, agriculture and finance.

It was not immediately clear if the offer was strictly conditioned on the intelligence provided by the terror groups.



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