U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace, Iran’s Zarif says

Iranian International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned on Saturday that the U.S. resolution to deploy extra troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived menace from Iran was “extraordinarily dangerous” for peace.

The US mentioned it was sending 1,500 troops to area in what it referred to as an effort to bolster defences towards Tehran, and it accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of direct duty for assaults on tankers this month.

“The People have made such allegations to justify their hostile insurance policies and to increase tensions within the Persian Gulf,” Zarif informed state information company IRNA.

“Elevated U.S. presence in our area is extraordinarily dangerous and it threatens international peace and safety, and this needs to be addressed,” he mentioned.

U.S. President Donald Trump additionally invoked the menace from Iran to declare a nationwide security-related emergency that may clear the sale of billions of {dollars}’ value of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and different nations with out congressional approval.

It follows selections to pace up the deployment of an plane provider strike group in addition to to ship bombers and extra Patriot missiles to the Middle East.

Following U.S. media reviews that Zarif had met Sen. Dianne Feinstein throughout a U.S. go to final month, Iran’s overseas ministry mentioned informative talks have been frequent and didn’t contain negotiations.

U.S. President Donald Trump says america will bolster its army presence within the Middle East with 1,500 extra troops. (The Related Press)

“For greater than twenty years, discussions have been held with non-governmental U.S. political elites, together with members of Congress, to make clear and clarify the insurance policies of the Islamic Republic,” ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi mentioned.

Individually, a Revolutionary Guards commander mentioned the safety of the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil delivery route, was linked to Iran having the ability to export its oil, the semi-official information company Fars reported.

“Maj.-Gen. Gholamali Rashid mentioned that speaking about safety and stability within the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz is just not attainable with out contemplating the pursuits of the Iranian nation, together with the export of oil,” Fars mentioned.

Iran has threatened to disrupt oil shipments by the Strait of Hormuz if america tries to strangle Tehran’s financial system by halting its oil exports by elevated sanctions.

Individually, an Iranian army official mentioned Iran may sink U.S. warships within the Gulf, whereas one other mentioned it was unlikely for a conflict to begin within the area.

“America…is sending two warships to the area. In the event that they commit the slightest stupidity, we are going to ship these ships to the underside of the ocean together with their crew and planes utilizing two missiles or two new secret weapons,” Gen. Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s army command, informed the Mizan information company.

Western consultants say Iran typically exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though there are considerations about its missile program and significantly its long-range ballistic missiles.

“We consider rational People and their skilled commanders is not going to let their radical components lead them right into a scenario from which it could be very tough to get out, and that’s the reason they won’t enter a conflict,” Brig.-Gen. Hassan Seifi, an assistant to Iran’s military chief, informed Mehr information company.

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