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Iran: Removal of US from the region, a condition for reducing tensions

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami has said it is a condition for the US to withdraw from the region in order to end tensions in the Middle East.

Iran’s Defense Ministry announced that Hatami made these comments during a phone call with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono.

Hatami has described the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on US territory as “a major crime without precedent” and “a violation of UN resolutions”.

The Iranian defense chief has said the US military presence is a key factor in tensions in the region.

“It is a condition for the interventionist and occupational American presence to end as soon as possible in order to reduce tensions in the region and to achieve stability and peace,” Hatami said.

On the other hand, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has stated that his country is ready to act to reduce tensions in the region.

Japan’s media, meanwhile, reported that Kono had announced to his Iranian counterpart the decision to send the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to guarantee the safe navigation of Japan-bound merchant vessels in the waters of the region.

Reportedly, Hatami has not responded negatively to the Japanese decision to send military force to the region.

Otherwise, Japan’s Council of Ministers on December 27 decided to send a task force to the Middle East under the SDF after expressing concerns about the safety of its ships in the region following several incidents last year and US tensions. -Iran.

However, Japan had rejected the US bid to join an international coalition for securing the waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

The Japanese force will leave the region in February.

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