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Zarif: Any External Military Presence in Gulf 'Source of Insecurity'

The Straits Times

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that the Persian Gulf is a "national security priority for Iran" and that Tehran will not "hesitate to safeguard its security" in this strategic waterway, which he described as a "vital lifeline" for the Islamic Republic, Tehran Times reports. 

The remarks by Zarif came after Israel announced that it has decided to join a U.S.-led military alliance to supposedly police safe shipping in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

The chief diplomat warned that military presence of extra-regional forces is absolutely a "source of insecurity".

"Mindful of this reality, any extra-regional presence is by definition source of insecurity - despite propaganda," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.


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