Strait of Hormuz 0
12 August 2019

Foreign Minister Zarif asserted that “the threats [in the region] are coming from the U.S. and its allies who are pouring weapons in the region, making it a tinderbox ready to blow up”. He added that “based on experience, the presence of U.S. and foreign naval fleet in the Persian Gulf has never produced security”. Zarif further suggested that “the best the Americans can do for protection of maritime navigation is to just leave people alone. Don't interfere, this is a hostile act against Iran and I don't believe any other impact other than insecurity”.

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