Iran to ‘stand firmly against any act of aggression’: Envoy to UN

With the US building up its military presence in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s ambassador to the UN says the country “will stand firmly against any act of aggression” even though it does not seek war.

In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post on Friday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said some officials in the Trump administration were pushing the US president to adopt a hard line toward Iran based on “fake intelligence”.

“The recent dispatching of a US naval armada to the Persian Gulf is a response to the same fake intelligence, supported not by members of Congress or US allies,” he wrote.

“While Iran does not desire war in the region, neither with the United States nor with any other country, we will stand firmly against any act of aggression against our country.”

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the US would deploy about 1,500 American troops to the Middle East for “mostly protective” reasons.

The decision came even as Trump earlier rejected any “need” for additional troop deployments in the Middle East after reports claimed the Pentagon was considering sending up to 10,000 troops to the region.

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