May 13, 2019, 2:55 PM
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UAE blasts likely to be third party sabotage: Iran senior MP

Tehran, May 13, IRNA – Recent explosions in UAE's port might be sabotage by third parties whose interests are secured when the region is unsecure, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Monday.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the head of Majlis national security and foreign policy commission, tweeted on Sunday that the explosion in port of Fujairah indicated that to what extent security of the Persian Gulf is fragile.

Media reported on Sunday that strong explosions rocked the port with some tankers ablaze. The Emirati authorities at first denied the report, but later they confirmed it.

Talking to IRNA, the Iranian lawmaker explained that 'when the states south of Persian Gulf turn the region into a military zone, they are those who are hurt the most.'

Iran has signed cooperation agreements with most of countries in the region on the Persian Gulf security, he said, adding that no country has been more committed to the regional security than Iran.

Emphasizing that the Persian Gulf should be a safe region, Falahatpisheh said that he had warned that the third parties might disrupt the security in the region to push the situation toward a conflict.

He went on to say that Iran and the US could manage the crisis on their own, but there are third parties that might stir up tension through their 'deviating moves'.

The lawmaker said that he sees a hotline between Tehran and Washington as necessary to enable them to manage developments so that no third parties could take advantage of the situation.

Iran condemned the sabotage and has urged to hold inquiry to identify the perpetrators, he said.

The recent developments came amid high tensions between Iran and the US, after Iran announced that it suspended some parts of the nuclear deal because its interests were damaged due to the US unilateral withdrawal and inactive European signatories.

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