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Iran’s Navy commander says no need to US-IRI hotline

Politics Materials 10 October 2011 11:21
Iran does not need to launch “hotline” with the United States
Iran’s Navy commander says no need to US-IRI hotline

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 10 / Trend D.Khatinoglu/

Iran does not need to launch "hotline" with the United States, IRIB reported quoting Iran's Navy commander Habibullah Sayyari as saying.

Sayyari in his interview with Alalam TV urged that the Persian Gulf belongs to regional countries and we can establish the security.

"Iran controls and eyes both Persian and Oman gulfs and all of the movment of enemies here," he said.

Some U.S. media outlets have recently quoted an unidentified U.S. defense official as saying that the U.S. is considering setting up a direct military "hotline" with Iran after a series of close encounters between the U.S. and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf.

Fearing that a misunderstanding could lead to a wider conflict, U.S. officials are weighing establishing emergency communications, but a final decision is still pending, the U.S. official said.

Earlier, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi and Iran's Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi rebuffed the U.S. hotline proposal.

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