Sending more US forces heightens tension: Iranian FM

<p style="text-align: left;">Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday warned that sending U.S. military forces to the Middle East would heighten tension in the Persian Gulf region.

&ldquo;These actions are also a threat to global peace and stability,&rdquo; Zarif said in statements cited by the IRNA news agency.

&ldquo;Such dangerous moves should be encountered,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The U.S. is leveling baseless allegations against Iran to justify its aggressive policy towards the Islamic Republic.&rdquo;

&ldquo;Such a step would only heighten tensions in the Persian Gulf region,&rdquo; Zarif warned.

On Friday, CNN reported that U.S. President Donald Trump approved sending some 1,500 U.S. troops to the Middle East in a &ldquo;mostly protective&rdquo; effort on deterring &ldquo;Iranian threats&rdquo;.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have mounted steadily since Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations.

The Trump administration has also re-imposed sanctions on Iran&rsquo;s banking and energy sectors, while Iran has threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to U.S. oil shipments.

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