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Rouhani: Iran Will Not Wage War against Any Nation

Rouhani: Iran Will Not Wage War against Any Nation

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 - 09:15
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters)
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Iran will not wage war against any nation, President Hassan Rouhani declared on Tuesday, a day after the United States announced the deployment of more troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.

“Iran will not wage war against any nation,” he said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. “Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience.”

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf on Thursday, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.

“Despite all of the Americans’ efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have been unsuccessful,” Rouhani added.

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes citing concerns about a threat from Iran.

The move came soon after Iran said it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to "nuclear blackmail."

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