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(CNSNews.com) – Reacting to Western proposals to protect commercial shipping facing potential threats in the Persian Gulf, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the regime will confront any attempt to “disrupt order” in the crucial waterway.
“The Iranian nation has always acted as the guardian of the Persian Gulf,” Rouhani told his cabinet, adding that security there “has nothing to do with” any countries apart from Iran and the Gulf’s other littoral states.
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He warned against any acts of “mischief” in the Gulf.
A warning also came from the military advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, who told Al Jazeera that proposals for a European-led force to escort ships through the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz chokepoint “could lead to unpredictable consequences.”
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“Our equation in the Strait of Hormuz is that either everyone enjoys full security, or no one does,” he said.
And on Twitter, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “Iran does not seek confrontation. But we have 1,500 miles of Persian Gulf coastline. These are our waters & we will protect them.”
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After the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a British tanker in the Strait last Friday, Britain began to mobilize European Union partners to respond.
On Monday then-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament that Britain was seeking “to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to support safe passage of both crew and cargo in this vital region.”
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Although Hunt said the plan would complement a U.S. proposal known as Operation Sentinel, the Europeans appear to want to keep some distance between the two – since the E.U. and U.S. have differences over how to deal with Iran, and specifically over the Iran nuclear deal.
He told lawmakers that what the Europeans were proposing in the Gulf “will not be part of the U.S. ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran, because...
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