Iran Warns the US from making Gulf a Site of an Arms Race

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the foreign forces are threatening the security position of the Gulf region after the United States announced deployment of troops at the request of Saudi Arabia and UAE. While speaking at the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Rouhani said that they are going to place a new Gulf peace initiative at the UN in the coming days (general assembly of the UN starts in New York on Tuesday). He went on to draw reference from the past to call such earlier foreign deployments as “disaster”. Rouhani warned the US of keeping their forces away from the Gulf region and don’t turn the region into “the site of an arms race”.  Meanwhile, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani didn’t accept the resignation letter of the foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and reinstated him to his position after the latter announced his resignation on Instagram two days back.