Iranian President Hassan Rohani spoke of a “historic” moment during a military parade in Tehran while his country is being accused by Washington and Ryad.
Iran denounced on Sunday, September 22, the presence of “foreign forces” in the Gulf and announced the presentation to the UN this week of a plan of regional cooperation, “endogenous”, on the safety of this crucial arm of the sea for the global supply of oil.
The region is experiencing a “sensitive and historically significant moment,” Iranian President Hassan Rohani said at the opening of a military parade in Tehran as Iran is accused by Washington and Ryad of being behind the attacks targeting two major oil installations in Saudi Arabia on 14 September.
Iran denies responsibility for the air raids claimed by Yemeni rebels. But denouncing a “spectacular escalation of Iranian aggression”, US Defense Minister Mark Esper announced Friday the deployment of new American forces in the Gulf, ensuring that they would be “defensive by nature”.
After discussing the possibility of a military response, the government of US President Donald Trump has quieted the game, favoring “restraint” and a “peaceful solution”, and announcing new economic sanctions against Tehran.
Rohani once again assured Sunday that the “resistance and unity” of the Iranian people would overcome the “economic terrorism” of Washington.
- “Insecurity and unhappiness”
Denouncing the presence of “foreign forces” having “always brought pain and unhappiness to the region,” Rohani warned Americans and their Western allies, “The further away you get from our region, the more likely it will be. Security”.
“From our point of view, the security of the Persian Gulf comes from within. The security of the Persian Gulf is endogenous, the security of the Strait of Hormuz is endogenous. Foreign forces are a source of trouble and insecurity for our people and the region, “he said.
On 22 September, the Islamic Republic marks the Day of Sacred Defense, commemorating Baghdad’s outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).
Tending once again “the hand of friendship and fraternity” to the other countries bordering the Gulf and saying it is ready “to ignore past mistakes” of the countries of the region with which Iran has disputes, Rohani has announced that he plans to present “in the coming days” to the UN a plan for regional cooperation to ensure the security of the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Sea “with the help of countries of the region”.
Once his speech was over, Rohani, surrounded by the main military officials of the country, greeted the troops who marched before him, infantrymen, vehicles, tanks, tanks, and missiles.
The Iranian president is expected to speak on behalf of Iran on Wednesday at the UN General Assembly in New York. He did not give more details about his regional security initiative on Sunday.
Tensions have risen steadily between Tehran and Washington since the US unilateral withdrawal in May 2018 of the Iranian nuclear deal reached in 2015, followed by the reinstatement of heavy US sanctions against Iran.
Washington and Tehran came close to the direct military clash in June. Trump said he canceled strikes against Iranian targets at the last minute after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
The September 14 attacks reduced Saudi oil production, led to soaring oil prices and rekindled fears of a military conflict between the United States and Iran.
According to Washington, the new deployment of US troops in the Gulf region is “a first step” in response to the September 14 attacks, at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The number of troops and equipment sent has not been decided, but it will be a “moderate” deployment, according to the US staff.
On Saturday, Major General Hossein Salami, leader of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, warned that any country attacking Iran would see its territory become the “main battleground”.
“We will never allow a war to encroach on the territory of Iran,” said the officer, speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of an exhibition during which the debris of the American drone was unveiled. RQ-4 Global Hawk shot down in June as well as another US unmanned aircraft (RQ-170 Sentinel) recovered intact in 2011.