Iran’s defense secretary, Hossein Dehqan, has warned the US navy it should leave the Persian Gulf and stop provoking Iran and its allies, Iranian media report. The Minister was responding to a US general who accused Iran of being a destabilizing force in the region. As we have reported previously the main destabilising force in the region is Saudi Arabia, Iran's traditional enemy.
He also compared the United States to a house burglar.
“Is it acceptable for an armed robber to enter your house and expect to get the red carpet treatment?
“This is an example of modern ignorance in the 21st century,” he said.
Dehqan’s was responding to remarks made earlier in March by United States Central Command General Joseph Votel, who accused Iran of being a destabilizing influence in the region.
“We are also dealing with a range of malign activities perpetrated by Iran and its proxies operating in the region,” Votel said at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in describing Tehran’s alleged influence over Iraq and Syria.
Such statements from military officials on both sides signal growing tensions between Iran and the United States.
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