Iran's Rouhani blames foreign forces for causing 'insecurity' in the Gulf

Petrol diesel prices rise for 6th day straight Edited By Odishatv Bureau Published By IANS On Sep 22 2019- 6:28 PM

Petrol diesel prices rise for 6th day straight Edited By Odishatv Bureau Published By IANS On Sep 22 2019- 6:28 PM

Johnson said he would meet Rouhani at this week's high-level United Nations gathering.

"Your presence has always brought pain and misery..."

The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for "deterrence and defense", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said on September 22 that Western powers should leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran.

The current Tehran-Washington tensions were caused by the USA withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018, which was followed by a series of increasingly hostile moves against Iran, including re-imposition of harsh sanctions and allegations of misconduct in the region.

Global oil prices shot up the most since the Gulf war in the immediate aftermath of the unprecedented drone missile strikes on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that disabled 5 per cent of the global supply.

A United Kingdom government official said the Houthi's claim of responsibility was "implausible", with the scale, sophistication and range of the attack inconsistent with their capabilities.

What has Mr Rouhani said?

He said the region should not be the site of an armed races and warned worldwide forces to "stay away".

"The cruel actions that have been taken against the Iranian nation and also the hard and complicated issues that our region faces with them need to be explained to the people and countries of the world", he said. "The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be for our region".

What about his peace initiative?

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the presence of foreign forces creates "insecurity" in the Gulf after the USA ordered the deployment of more troops to the region.

However, he gave no details, saying only that peace in the Strait of Hormuz could be achieved "in co-operation with various countries".

The UK was dismissing claims by Yemen's Houthi movement that it was behind the Aramco attacks. More information about the deployment will be determined in the coming days, but it wouldn't involve thousands of US troops, according to Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Saudi Arabia and the United States say Iran was responsible, something Tehran denies. "I'm a very flexible person, but we have no intention".

He said: "Wherever the Americans or our enemies have gone ... there has been insecurity afterwards". Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited.

State oil company Saudi Aramco has switched crude grades and pushed back crude and oil products deliveries to customers by days following the attack.

He said his administration has about 15 meetings arranged "but Iran is not one of them".

It stems from their conflict with a Saudi-led coalition which launched an air campaign in 2015 against the rebels, who had ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and seized the capital, Sanaa.

The US and Saudi Arabia have already accused Iran of being behind the September 14 raids on Aramco Oil, the world's largest oil processor and an oil field, which have since caused a spike in prices.

At the parade, Iran displayed the Khordad-3 air defence system that shot down a USA drone in June.

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