• Sat / 10 August 2019 / 11:47
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Persian Gulf national security priority for Iran: Zarif

Persian Gulf national security priority for Iran: Zarif

Tehran (ISNA) – In a reaction to creation of the US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran won't hesitate to safeguard its security.

“Persian Gulf is vital lifeline and thus nat'l security priority for Iran, which has long ensured maritime security. Mindful of this reality, any extra-regional presence is by definition source of insecurity - despite propaganda. Iran won't hesitate to safeguard its security,” Mr. Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

The US has announced plans to form a Washington-led force amid its attempts to trouble Iran’s foreign oil sales as part of its sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic.

On June 30, the US officially asked Germany to participate — alongside Britain and France — in the coalition, a request that was declined by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas a day later.

Japan has likewise refused to join the force, and France has expressed reservations. Earlier in August, Bloomberg also reported that the US efforts to build the coalition “continue to bear little fruit,” noting that major ally Australia was still undecided whether to join.

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