Iran’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has described the Islamic Republic as the country that has preserved the security of the region, saying that the recent oil tanker attacks were carried out when Iran was not present in the Persian Gulf.
Jahangiri said the recent oil tanker attacks were carried out after Iran withdrew its forces from the Persian Gulf for a short while.
“As far as Iran was present in the region, no one dared to undermine the security in the Persian Gulf or the Sea of Oman and the recent attacks were carried out while Iran was not present in the region,” he was quoted as saying in a report by dolat.ir.
He added it is falsely believed that this is Saudi Arabia or the UAE or Bahrain which provide the region’s security but “in fact this is Iran which is behind even these countries’ security.”
He then referred to the US call for talks with Iran and said the main question is how and on what issues, they should sit for talks.” Even if we make an agreement, there is no guarantee that the American side won’t violate it once again.”
Jahangiri said Iran has always called for talks based on mutual respect and within a logical framework and added “if you hold talks with Iran based on respect, your problems would be resolved soon but we don’t allow you to talk with the language of threat, disrespect and violation with a nation that has such a long history like Iran.”
The US and its allies accused Iran of carrying out the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman. Iran has vehemently denied the accusations and called the attacks “suspicious”.