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U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace, Iran's Zarif says

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was "extremely dangerous" for peace.The United States said it was sending 1,500 troops to region in what it called an effort to bolster defences against Tehran, and it accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for attacks on tankers this month."The Americans have made such allegations to justify their hostile policies and to raise tensions in the Persian Gulf," Zarif told state news agency IRNA."Increased U.S. presence in our region is extremely dangerous and it threatens international peace and security, and this should be addressed," he said.U.S. President Donald Trump also invoked the threat from Iran to declare a national security-related emergency that would clear the sale of billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries without congressional approval.It follows decisions to speed up the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group as well as to send bombers and additional Patriot missiles to the Middle East.Following U.S. media reports that Zarif had met Sen. Dianne Feinstein during a U.S. visit last month, Iran's foreign ministry said informative talks were common and did not involve negotiations.U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with 1,500 more troops. (The Associated Press)"For more than two decades, discussions have been held with non-governmental U.S. political elites, including members of Congress, to clarify an ...Read more

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