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Iran Calls Persian Gulf Sovereign Territory, Will 'Protect'

11 August 2019

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.

After Israel announced this week that it will provide intelligence support and other related assistance to a USA -led naval coalition operating in the Persian Gulf to protect maritime traffic from Iranian aggression, the Islamic Republic's military released ominous comments to the Iranian press.

"The creation of this coalition will be considered as a major threat to Iran's national security", the diplomat said, stressing that the United States and Israel would be responsible for the possible consequences.

The head of the Iranian armed forces has warned that Israel joining a USA -led coalition in the Persian Gulf region would upset regional stability and sought more support from Arab states in resisting the initiative.

"Bahrain's government should not become the facilitator of common enemies' wishes and schemes in the region", said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi in a statement published on his Telegram channel. Articles appear on for a limited time. He argued that the "American-led military alliance will only increase the insecurity in the region under the pretext of securing shipping".

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

Katz also reportedly told the Knesset committee that Israel's decision to assist the USA -led effort was made after his recent visit to Abu Dhabi, during which he consulted with a senior official from the United Arab Emirates on the "Iranian threat".

Tensions between Washington and Tehran - Saudi Arabia's arch foe - have soared since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal with Iran past year and imposed punishing sanctions.

The senior Iranian diplomat dismissed the United States move, saying that being designated by the United States would not affect him since he has ho properties outside Iran.

Iran has recently held high-level meetings with officials from Iraq, which also has close ties to the USA, and Oman, which has traditionally played a largely neutral role in regional affairs.

In response to a report that French President Emmanuel Macron invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the annual G7 summit later this month to meet with the president of the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself" when it comes to dealing with Iran.

In April, the United States designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a "foreign terrorist organization" to ramp up pressure on that country's clerical leadership, which was already battling popular discontent stemming from economic woes and a plummeting currency hard-hit by reimposed USA sanctions.

The situation in the Persian Gulf sharply deteriorated on June 13 when blasts and fires occurred onboard two tankers in the Gulf of Oman following a suspected attack, which Washington blamed on Iran.

He highlighted that Iran considers possible Israeli presence in the coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security, and reserves the right to counter it.

He also said: "Iran has a vital role in security of the Hormuz Strait".

"I am confident that today, the Zionists and regional allies are not interested in a war because they know that the geography of such war would be broad, and they know the result [in advance]", he said.

Iran Calls Persian Gulf Sovereign Territory, Will 'Protect'