TEHRAN, Iran – The Iranian president called on Western forces Sunday to leave Gulf security to regional states led by Tehran, criticizing a new US-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as national parades showcased Islamic troops republic arsenal.
President Hassan Rouhani separately promised to present a regio a unilateral peace plan at this week's United Nations summit meeting, amid mounting tensions in the Middle East following a series of attacks, including missile and drone attacks, Saudi Arabia's oil industry.
The United States claims that Iran attacked the world's largest oil processor in the kingdom and oil field on September 14, leading to a drop in ike oil prices by the highest percentage since the war in the Gulf through 1991. While Yemen Houthi United States rebels have claimed the attack, Saudi Arabia says it is "undoubtedly sponsored by Iran."
For its part, Iran denies responsibility and warns against any retaliatory attack directed against it, lead to an "end to war. "Thus began the enrichment of uranium beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with the world, which the US unilaterally withdrew from a year earlier.
Ruhani speaks from a parade entrance in Tehran with uniformed officers from the military. Later, the cleric watched as soldiers approaching geese carrying a submachine gun and portable missiles passed the World Defense Week, which marked the beginning of the 1980 war between Iran and Iraq.
Rouhani said Iran was ready to "extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood" to the Persian Gulf nations and was "even ready
"Those who want to relate the incidents in the region to the Islamic Republic of Iran are lying like the lies they have revealed," the president said. "If they are genuine and really seek security in the region, they do not have to send weapons, fighters, bombs and oh into the region
Rouhani added that the United States and Western countries should "distance themselves" from the region.
"Your presence has always been a disaster for this region and the farther you go from our region and our nations, the more certainty will come for our region," he said.
He said Iran's plan would focus on providing security in the Persian Gulf, the Hormuz Strait and the Gulf of Oman "with the assistance of regional states". Iran has stepped up its naval co-operation with China, India, Oman, Pakistan and Russia in recent years.
The United States maintains Gulf defense agreements with allied Arab states and has tens of thousands of troops stationed in the region. Since 1980, it has regarded the region as extremely important for its national security given its energy exports. A fifth of all oil trade passes through the Straits of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. The US plans to send additional troops to the region because of tensions.
Parades and maneuvers on Sunday aimed at designing Iran's forces with naval vessels, submarines and armed motorboats swarmed across the Persian Gulf, and troops showed ground-to-sea missiles capable of targeting the US Navy. , Commandos quickly rope down the deck of a ship that resembles Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in July.
Iranian seizures of ships, as well as the oil tanker blasts that the US blames on Iran, have seen America create a new coalition to protect coastal waters. So far, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to join it.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has called the US-led coalition "a new means of plundering the region," according to Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency.
"We consider the emergence of such coalitions as the start of a new game that will make the region uncertain," Larijani says, according to Tasnim.
Iran separately displays its "Hordad-3 surface-to-air missile", which dropped a US military surveillance drone in Hormuz in June.
Sunday also marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on a military parade in Ahwaz, killing 25 people. Both the separatists and the Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for the attack, while Iran blames Saudi Arabia and the UAE for allegedly supporting the attackers. Both sides have denied the claim, though a propaganda video posted by a semi-official news agency in Iran close to the guard later circulated, threatening them with rocket attacks.