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Tehran views Persian Gulf as its sovereign territory, diplomat says

Tehran views Persian Gulf as its sovereign territory, diplomat says Tehran views Persian Gulf as its sovereign territory, diplomat says
Deanna Wagner | 11 August, 2019, 14:08

"The maritime coalition that United States is trying to form will create more instability and insecurity", Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency on Thursday during phone calls with his counterparts from Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

The Iranian representative called on the global community to strongly condemn the illegal move by the U.S. He said that affiliated organizations of the UN and the state-members should get united in defense of the basic principles of worldwide law and against the prejudice.

Hatami said, "The U.S.regime is the root cause of insecurity in the region, and we believe that security should belong to the whole regional countries, and we do not approve of insecurity inside or against any of the countries, and believe that the region should not become a place for the free presence of aliens".

Zarif's comments came after US efforts to set up a maritime coalition with worldwide partners to secure shipping in the Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran in the strategic waterway.

"The military coalition plan that the United States wants to form under the pretext of providing shipping security will only further escalate insecurity in the region", he added.

Just days later, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed maritime security, Iran and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Wednesday.

Washington and its Gulf allies have also accused the Islamic Republic of carrying out several mysterious attacks on ships in the region, which Tehran denies.

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On Thursday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami warned against the consequences of a maritime coalition force the USA plans to create in the Persian Gulf, stressing that regional security comes within the purview of regional states alone.

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

While in Managua, the Iranian top diplomat met with a number of senior officials, including the president, foreign minister, governor of the central bank, minister of finance and minister of commerce.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani denounced "economic terrorism" and stated that the U.S.

The coalition was created after last months seizure of a United Kingdom registered oil tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. He concurrently served as Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator, until 2015, and previously served as Ambassador to the United Nations.

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.