Iran has reacted to the Zionist regime’s announcement that it would join the US’ so-called maritime coalition in the Persian Gulf, warning that Washington and Tel Aviv will be responsible for the consequences of such decision.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi slammed on Friday the US-proposed coalition as a move that only increases to the tensions in the region, saying that the Israeli regime’s presence in this coalition will be deemed as a clear threat both to the security, sovereignty and integrity of the Islamic Republic and the Gulf’s security.
The spokesman warned that should the Zionist regime, whose illegal existence in the Middle East has already brought about insecurity and volatility, join this coalition, Iran will reserve the right to defend itself and tackle such threat within its defensive doctrine.
The responsibility for all the consequences of such a dangerous move will fall upon the US regime and the illegal Zionist regime, he stressed.
Israeli regime’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Tuesday that they will be part of the US-led anti-Iran coalition, which Washington purports would seek to beef up maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz.
Washington has developed a plan to create a military coalition to escort foreign vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz in the strategic Persian Gulf. However, key Washington allies Germany and Japan have refused to join, and France has expressed reservations about the US’ provocative initiative.
No military solution for Kashmir: Amir-Abdollahian
Iranian Parliament’s General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian highlighted that the situation in Kashmir doesn’t have a military solution.
In a Thursday tweet, he said that Iran is “deeply concerned” about the escalation of tensions in Kashmir.
“[We] welcome peaceful means and dialogue for securing interests of people in Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the crisis. Kashmir has no military solution,” he added, stressing that regional and international approach, especially under OIC initiative is “a must”.
Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said “the Islamic Republic of Iran expects India and Pakistan, as its friends and regional partners, to take effective steps in line with the interests of the people of the region by using dialogue and adopting peaceful means.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely following the recent decision by the Indian government regarding Jammu and Kashmir, and will take into careful consideration the explanations presented by both Indian and Pakistani officials about the recent developments,” Mousavi added.
On August 5, India, through a presidential decree, revoked the special autonomy status of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority state with the rest of the country. The move has erupted protests all over Pakistan, while the Indian controlled Kashmir region is under lockdown. Pakistan and India both have a claim over Kashmir in its entirety and had three wars over the disputed territory.
Trump accuses France’s Macron of sending ‘mixed signals’ to Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said no one is authorized to speak to Iran on behalf of the United States, and he accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Tehran over possible talks.
“I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself,” Trump said in a series of tweets.
It was not immediately clear what Trump was referring to and the White House declined to comment, but a report earlier this week said Macron had invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to this month’s G7 summit to meet Trump. A French diplomat denied the report on Wednesday.
European leaders are seeking to defuse the brewing confrontation between Tehran and Washington after Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear last year and renewed sanctions in an effort to push a new deal under the U.S. Republican president.
Tehran has responded with a series of moves, including seizing a British tanker in the Gulf and retreating from some of its commitments to limit its nuclear activity made under the deal.
The crisis is expected to be a focus at the G7 summit later this month. Trump and his administration officials have previously said Trump is open to talks with Iran and that the United States does not want war with Iran.