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Rouhani Says Tehran Watches US Closely

Rouhani Says Tehran Watches US Closely

Saturday, 25 April, 2020 - 12:15
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. EPA file photo
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Tehran was closely following US activities, but would never initiate a conflict in the region.

“Iran follows America's activities and movements closely, but it will never be the one that starts conflict and tension in the region," Rouhani was quoted as saying during a phone conversation with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea.

Earlier this month, the US military said 11 Revolutionary Guards naval vessels came close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves "dangerous and provocative.”

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