Iran Accuses US, Britain of ‘Fanning the Flames of War in the Persian Gulf’

CNS News | 7/29/2019 | Staff
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( – As a second British warship entered the Persian Gulf at the weekend, the Iranian regime described as “hostile” and “provocative” proposals for Western naval vessels to escort commercial ships through the crucial waterway, where Iran recently seized a British oil tanker.

The head of the regime’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezai, told a visiting Chinese Communist Party delegation that the British and U.S. were “fanning the flames of war in the Persian Gulf.”

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“They want to pretend they have control over the Strait of Hormuz and the movement of vessels. Of course, we do not allow this to happen,” added Rezai, a suspected international terrorist.

President Hassan Rouhani warned that “the presence of foreign forces will not help the region’s security and will be the main source of tensions,” while regime spokesman Ali Rabiei said states bordering the Gulf, not outside powers, should provide security there.

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Exactly what the mission will look like remains unclear, in part because of emerging differences between Britain under its new prime minister, and its European Union partners.

The U.S. first proposed Operation Sentinel, a loose coalition of countries willing to provide security for their own flagged commercial ships transiting the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel between the coastlines of Iran and Oman.

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Then, after Iran seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, ten days ago, a British government in transition proposed a European-led initiative instead, which drew expressions of support from France, Germany and others.

Now, however, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, is arguing that a European-led initiative needs U.S. support in order to be viable. Germany and France are not enthusiastic about aligning with the U.S. in this way because of disagreement with Washington over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and President Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign.

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