Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told his cabinet that protecting security around the Persian Gulf is solely the responsibility of countries in the region and that other nations should stay away.
The United Kingdom is attempting to form an alliance with other European nations to protect ships passing through the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, a channel that sees 20% of the world’s oil supply pass through it.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) seized a British Ship traveling through the channel on Friday, an apparent tit-for-tat measure after the United Kingdom had previously impounded an Iranian tanker in the Mediterranean which was suspected of intending to deliver oil to Syria’s Assad regime. Such a move is banned by EU sanctions.
Speaking to his cabinet Wednesday, and in a translation subsequently published on Rouhani’s official English language website, Iran’s president said foreign military might from other parts of the world should not send armed ships to the region.
“The main responsibility for protecting the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf is mainly with Iran and neighbouring countries, and is not the others’ business, and the Iranian nation has always been the protector of the Persian Gulf,” Rouhani said.
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