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Iran strongly protests US meddling in Persian Gulf security

5 May 2016 8:00


Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denounced the US Congress’s meddling in Persian Gulf security measures.

On Wednesday, the ministry sent a note to the Swiss embassy in Tehran — which represents the US interests in Iran, censuring Washington’s intrusive policies in the Persian Gulf.

“Iran will do whatever is necessary to bolster peace and stability in the Persian Gulf,” read part of the note, which was in reaction to a bill proposed last week by US Republican congressman Randy Forbes that called for measures against Iran’s military drills in the Persian Gulf.

On Tuesday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) second-in-command said that Iran will not give in to “restrictions from any power in the world” in conducting military drills, emphasizing that it is Iran’s “legal right” to hold military exercises according to its strategic plans.

His comments followed earlier remarks by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who stressed Iran’s presence in the Persian Gulf.

“The Persian Gulf coast and much of the coasts of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful [Iranian] nation, therefore we have to be present in this region, [stage] maneuvers and show off our power,” the Leader said on Monday addressing a group of teachers.

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