Iraq says Israeli role in Gulf flotilla unacceptable

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani

If the coalition is formed, each country would provide a military escort for its commercial ships through the Gulf with the support of the United States military, which would carry out aerial surveillance and command operations.

"Whenever our commanders wish to, they are able to detain any ship, even if it is accompanied by American and British forces", Tangsiri told Hezollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen television in Lebanon.

"By establishing an illegal coalition in the region, the United States and the UK are trying to implement their own scenarios", he added. The US has since sought to assemble an worldwide coalition it says is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

Admiral Tangsiri said the IRGC Navy is responsible for ensuring the security of the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and "we don't need the presence of foreigners".

Security of the region can and should be established only by regional countries. "We'll ensure the security of Persian Gulf as long as our own security is ensured", the top commander said.

Iran considers the maritime coalition "illegal" and said leaders in Washington and London fabricated the incidents to legitimize their presence in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned there's a potential for war if Israel joins the maritime coalition in the Persian Gulf.

The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran's homegrown air defense missile system "Khordad-3rd".

Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the USA from a nuclear accord between Iran and world powers in May 2018, reimposing biting sanctions.

"I look forward to the day where we can actually help Iran".

"The US regime and the illegitimate Zionist regime are responsible for all the consequences of this unsafe move", the spokesman added.

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