Iran slams South Korea for misnaming, militarizing Persian Gulf
Tehran has censured South Korea for misnaming the Persian Gulf and sending a military mission to the waters south of Iran under pressure from the United States.
According to Press TV, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi tweeted in both Persian and Korean languages on Tuesday, blasting the South Korean Defense Ministry for referring to the Persian Gulf with a fake name.
It also noted that the naval task force would operate separately from a US-led military coalition, which has been deployed to the Persian Gulf waters under the pretext of protecting shipping lanes.
Over the past months, the United States has been trying to persuade its allies into a so-called International Maritime Security Construct, with the declared aim of providing “security” for merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other strategic West Asian shipping lanes.
Last week, US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris renewed the call for Seoul to join in the naval mission amid tensions between the two allies over a military cost-sharing deal, which they have failed to extend due to unresolved differences.
The Islamic Republic believes that such alliances are actually meant to consolidate the West’s illegitimate military presence in the region and fuel insecurity.