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US Should Stop Harassing Persian Gulf states – Iranian Defense Minister

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The Iranian Defense Minister has advised the US to stop to harass countries of the Persian Gulf and leave its waters.

US Should Stop Harassing Persian Gulf states - Iranian Defense Minister

Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan (Photo: ion.ir)

Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, has advised the US to leave the Persian Gulf and stop to bother the region’s countries, the Mehr news agency reported on Thursday. The remarks were made in response to the recent hostile comments towards the Islamic Republic of Iran by US officials.

“What is the US doing in the Persian Gulf? They better leave this region and not harass the regional countries,” Dehqan said. “Is it acceptable that an ignorant armed robber breaks into someone’s house and expects to get red carpet treatment? This is an instance of the modern 21st century barbarism.”

Earlier this month, the US Navy claimed that Iranian vessels “harassed” and “threatened” the US George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier while it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Spokesman for the chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, denied this information, noting that the Pentagon had to look better at the movements of its own naval forces in the region.

As the PressTV television-channel pointed out, the Navy of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) several times forced vessels of the US Navy to change their courses of movement, before they could enter the Iranian territorial waters.

Relations between the US and Iran became very tense under the Donald Trump’s administration. In particular, the US President said that he would not be as kind to the Middle Eastern country as his predecessor Barack Obama. The new White House’s head is critical about the nuclear agreement with Tehran, which was reached by the six international mediators (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in 2015. According to the document, the UN Security Council lifted economic and financial sanctions from Iran in exchange for a confirmation of the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear program.

On Wednesday, head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, said that Washington should consider using “military means” against Iran, as the country is “destabilizing” the region, using “lethal aid facilitation,” as well as “surrogate forces” and cyber operations. Votel also noted that Tehran is “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East.

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