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Iran: US should withdraw from the region to end the tension

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami stressed that the United States must withdraw from the Middle East region in order to end the tension in it.

This came during a phone call, on Friday, with his Japanese counterpart, Tano Kono, according to a statement issued by the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

Hatimi described the killing of the Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, in Iraq, as an “unprecedented crime” and a “violation of United Nations resolutions.”

Hatimi indicated that the American military presence in the region is the main factor of tension, adding, “In order to reduce the region’s tension and to ensure security and stability in it, the American occupation must end as soon as possible.”

For his part, the Japanese minister affirmed his country’s readiness to play an important role to reduce tension in the region, noting his country’s decision to send “Self-Defense Forces” to ensure the safety of ships connected to Japan in the Middle East.

And on Wednesday, Iran launched a missile strike on two military bases hosting American soldiers in western and northern Iraq, in response to Soleimani death in a US air raid.

The American-Iranian conflict has sparked widespread public and governmental anger in Iraq, amid fears that the country will turn into an arena of conflict open to the United States and America.

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