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May 5, 2016 9:13 am

Iran Accuses US of Meddling in Persian Gulf

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A US aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf. Iran questioned the deployment of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A US aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Tensions between Iran and the United States, never far from the surface, showed signs of worsening on Wednesday, with the Iranians threatening to block a vital Persian Gulf access route and protesting what they called the American “meddling approach and tone.”

The Iranian messages, conveyed in statements by a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and by the Foreign Ministry, came a few days after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, expressed exasperation with the United States, questioning the longstanding deployment of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf.

Read full story at The New York Times.

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