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Regional defense pact guarantees Persian Gulf security: Iran

TEHRAN, Nov. 7 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian Defense minister renewed his call for a regional defense pact as a guarantor of the Persian Gulf security.

"Signing a collective defense and security pact between all Persian Gulf regional states guarantees peace and lasting security in the region," Mostafa Mohammad Najar told reporters.

Iranian forces in Persian Gulf

"Defense, military, and technical cooperation, joint maneuvers, campaigns against terrorism and arms and drug trafficking, and the provision of regional security can form the basic components of a defense-security pact," the minister stated.

"Indigenizing Persian Gulf security is the only way to establish security and lasting peace in this strategic area," he reiterated.

He also added that Iran is prepared to seriously participate in tracking down a likely transfer of weapons of mass destruction under the supervision of the United Nations.

The defense minister said good neighborliness, mutual respect and interaction, détente, and logical resolution of differences and misunderstandings form the cornerstone of the Islamic republic's foreign policy.

The Islamic republic's strong and growing relationship with neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region has challenged the policies of outside powers which have been trying unsuccessfully to sow the seeds of discord among regional countries, Najar noted.

On the military exercises which have been started on Thursday, he again insisted that the "military power of the Islamic republic is only of defensive nature and serves the regional peace and security."

The defense chief went on to say that U.S. and Israel related media have launched a propaganda campaign against the "purely conventional and defensive activities" of Iran in war games in order to prolong and find a justification for their "illegitimate presence" in the region.

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