Iran says ‘illegal’ U.S. presence in Gulf causes insecurity

General Amir Hatami the minister of defense of Iran in Presentation ceremony Secretary of Defense and Armed Forces Support (Attribution: Tasnim News Agency, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license)

Iran’s defense minister on Friday responded to the U.S. accusations of harassment by Iranian vessels as “baseless” and replied that instead the “illegal and aggressive” U.S presence in the Gulf was provoking regional instability.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said to reporters in Tehran that “what leads to insecurity in the Persian Gulf region is actually the illegal and aggressive presence of the Americans who have come from the other end of the world to our borders and make such baseless claims”.

The US military said on Wednesday that 11 vessels of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) dangerously approached U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, describing the moves as “dangerous and provocative”.

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