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Security in Gulf region critical to global energy supply: Iranian spokesman

01-05-2012 15:08 BJT

TEHRAN, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said security in the Persian Gulf is critical to countries in the region and those who need the region's energy.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast (L) talks to a Xinhua reporter
during an exclusive interview in Tehran Jan. 4, 2012. Mehmanparast said Wednesday
that Iran will never give up uranium enrichment activities. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

"The Persian Gulf is a very important and sensitive region both for the security of the region and for the flow of energy," he said Wednesday in an interview with Xinhua.

The remarks came as the Islamic republic and the G5+1 (five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) are negotiating to restart a new round of talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
talks to a Xinhua reporter during an exclusive
interview in Tehran Jan. 4, 2012.
(Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

The spokesman declined to say whether Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow channel at the entrance to the Gulf and the world's most critical oil route, as suggested by some Iranian commanders in the recent naval drills.

"If the security of the region is threatened, the regional countries will lose, and of course those countries which need the energy of this region will also lose," he said.

"We are not trying to create tensions and we advise the U.S., some Western countries and the Zionist regime's officials not to be engaged in such games (of creating tensions)," he said. However, he said that if the situation grows tense, Iran's decisions would be made on the basis of the changed situation.

 


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