Iran says it’s not pursuing war as Saudi calls for urgent Gulf meeting

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Tensions are soaring in the Gulf with the US deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran.

The USS Lewis B. Puller warship has been deployed to the Arabian Gulf, May 11, 2019 as the US escalate tensions with Iran. (Desiree King/US Marine Corps/Handout via Reuters)

Iran is not pursuing war, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the country’s Fars news agency.
“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said.
Tensions are soaring in the Gulf with the US deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir said the kingdom does not want war but will defend itself.
A week ago, four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and days after Iran-allied Yemeni rebels claimed a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline.
Saudi Arabia has blamed the pipeline attack on Iran. Gulf officials say an investigation into the tanker incident is underway.
That incident was followed by drone strikes on Tuesday by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on a major Saudi oil pipeline, which provided an alternative export route if the Strait of Hormuz closed.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to prevent shipping in Hormuz in case of a military confrontation with the United States, which has imposed sanctions on Tehran in recent months
Despite international scepticism, the US government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and also a rival of US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. Urgent meeting Ministers from Gulf countries were to meet in Saudi Arabia later on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia called for an urgent meeting of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf.
The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss recent “aggressions and their consequences” in the region.
TRT World spoke to Mohamed Okda of Insight into Crisis, a Middle East risk consultancy firm, who explains why Saudi Arabia is trying to gain support in the region.

Source: trtworld.com

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