US-led Persian Gulf mission will sow insecurity in region: Iran defense chief

Iran’s defense chief says a United States-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.

Hatami added that regional security could only be provided by regional countries, noting that foreign presence here would have insecurity and instability as its only concomitants.

The senior Iranian defense official, meanwhile, described the US as “the main factor behind insecurity in the region,” and stated, “We are of the opinion that all regional countries are entitled to security. We denounce insecurity in any single one of these countries or [its use] against one of them as unacceptable.”

“We believe the region should not turn into a place for extra-regional elements to rampage,” he added.

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