Iran Navy Chief: Zionist presence in Persian Gulf may trigger war

Iran warns of war if 'Zionists' enter the Persian Gulf

Iran warns of war if 'Zionists' enter the Persian Gulf

He added that he is still looking into what the European mission in the Persian Gulf "would do", claiming that the USA proposal "was far more likely to be successful".

He added that Iraq was "seeking to reduce tensions in the region through negotiations, while the presence of Western forces in the region is increasing them".

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said the Islamic Republic considers possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security and reserves the right to counter it within the framework of the country's deterrence and defensive policy.

Katz said Israel's participation would help to contain the Iranian threat as well as boost ties in the Gulf region. Special Aide to the President of the Islamic Parliament, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, wrote on Twitter last week that if Israel does get involved in the global coalition in the Straits of Hormuz, then "it will be engulfed in wrath of the region and its smoke will rise from Tel Aviv".

"The states of the Gulf can together secure the transit of ships", he said on Twitter.

Although the U.S. earlier invited a whole array of countries to join its anti-Iran maritime coalition in the Gulf, the proposal was only accepted by Britain, which became part of the mission last week.

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Katz claimed that Israel was determined to stop "Iranian entrenchment" in the Middle East region and strengthen Tel Aviv's relationship with the Persian Gulf countries, Israeli news website Ynet reported.

"The security of Persian Gulf is among Iran's priorities, and we believe Iran's shipping lanes must remain worldwide", the IRGC general said.

Tensions have soared in the region, with drones downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf waters.

The deal came after years of Iran's alleged efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Washington and its Arab allies in the Gulf have accused Iran of carrying out the tanker attacks, allegations that Tehran denies.

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