Iran’s supreme leader yesterday blamed the US of pursuing its selfish interests in the Persian Gulf and making the region “insecure.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came after Iranian forces seized a ship in the area and fired on another vessel.
“What is the US’ business,” Khamenei asked. “The US is after its own interests and will make the region insecure. We are neighbors: the security of the Persian Gulf is in all our interests. If it is safe, we benefit. If it is not safe, it will be insecure for all.”
The gulf is a major transit route used by ships carrying millions of barrels of oil to different parts of the world.
Addressing Iranian officials and diplomats at an event in Teheran, the supreme leader said, “Yemen, Bahrain and Palestine are oppressed and we protect oppressed people as much as we can.”
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