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Iran sees presence of foreign forces in Persian Gulf as provocative

Published: 26/07/2012 03:33:00 AM GMT
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Tehran: Iran has severely criticized the presence of foreign forces in the region of Persian Gulf and warned that their presence can be inflammatory and endangering the peace of the region.

By Farhan Iqbal


Tehran: Iran has severely criticized the presence of foreign forces in the region of Persian Gulf and warned that their presence can be inflammatory and endangering the peace of the region.

According to the Iranian Press TV, Iran’s Foreign Ministry is not happy at all at the presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf and termed it “provocative” as it is posing threat to the region’s security.

Press TV quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, as saying later this week, “No one is more concerned about the security and stability in the Persian Gulf than regional countries.”

He said, “Under the present sensitive circumstances, the presence of foreign forces is provocative and (perceived as a) threat to the region.”

While addressing the other stakeholders in the region, he said, “We advise regional countries to question the need for foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf.”

Press TV also reported that the Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has clarified that Iran has put the security of the strategic Strait of Hormuz on top of the list of its foreign policy priorities.

Mehmanparast quoted as saying, “We consider the security of the Strait of Hormuz as one of our official foreign policy priorities. The security of this strait is of significance to all the countries in the region and we want this security to be protected in the best way.”

“We have repeatedly announced that we will try our best to maintain this security and we will use all our capabilities to stabilize security (of the Persian Gulf),” he added in his statement.

He said that some non-regional countries have taken the measures that directly endanger security of the Persian Gulf.

The United States and Israel have repeatedly said that a nuclear Iran is intolerable and they would do whatever necessary, including military attacks, to prevent Tehran from getting that capability.

The USA has also been saying it will never allow the Strait of Hormuz to be blocked and the critical waterway must stay open.

According to Press TV, Mehmanparast also observed that establishment of security must be pursued in its entirety including security of energy and the security of balance in the energy market.

He alleged the west of threatening the security of energy supply and emphasized on Iran's commitment to maintain security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

Iranian lawmaker Ebrahim Agha-Mohammadi informed earlier this month that the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (parliament) has prepared a bill which called for the closure of the Strait of Hormuz in response to the recent European Union (EU) oil embargo on Iran.

Some Iranian government and military officials have already threatened to use all levers, particularly the Strait of Hormuz, if western sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear activities halt Iran's exports and hurt the interests of the Islamic republic.



Ramin Mehmanparast, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman

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