- Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Friday referred to the “illegitimate existence” of the Israeli regime in the Middle East as a source of insecurity and instability.
Iran, he said, considers Israel’s possible presence in a US-led mission in the Persian Gulf as a “clear threat” to its security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
The presence is a crisis-provoking and destabilizing element in the Persian Gulf, Mousavi said.
"Within the framework of the country's deterrence and defensive policy, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to counter this threat and defend its territory," he noted.
"The US regime and the illegitimate Zionist regime are responsible for all the consequences of this dangerous move," the spokesman added.
The remarks came after Israel said it will join what the US calls an effort to boost security of navigation in the Persian Gulf.
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on August 7 that the Israeli regime is part of the US-led coalition to “protect the security of the Persian Gulf”.
Katz claimed Israel was determined to stop “Iranian entrenchment” in the Middle East region and strengthen Tel Aviv’s relationship with Persian Gulf countries, Ynet reported.
In his Friday remarks, Mousavi said the Islamic Republic believes the US-led coalition is tension-provoking in nature.
"Iran believes the presence of ultra-regional forces in the Persian Gulf under any name and title will not only fail to help reinforce the region's security, but will further prepare the grounds for tension and crisis in the sensitive Persian Gulf region," he added.
He said Iran is opposed to the formation of such coalitions and considers it as a tension-creating and deceitful move.
The spokesman also referred to the organizers, founders, and members of such a coalition as the culprits behind possible tensions and crises that would emanate from such a move.
The US has announced plans to form a Washington-led force amid its attempts to trouble Iran’s foreign oil sales as part of its sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic.
On June 30, the US officially asked Germany to participate — alongside Britain and France — in the coalition, a request that was declined by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas a day later. The UK, however, later accepted to join the coalition.
Iran's defense chief said on Thursday that the US-proposed coalition, which Washington purports would seek to beef up maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz, will foment insecurity in the region.
Such a coalition "will only increase regional insecurity," Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami told his Kuwaiti, Qatari, and Omani counterparts during separate telephone conversations on Thursday, IRNA reported.
Source: Press TV