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09/27/11

Iran rebuffs proposal for hotline with U.S

Source: Tehran Times

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy has dismissed the proposal for the establishment of a direct military hotline between the United States and Iran.

 Iran-US Hotline

"When we go to the Gulf of Mexico, we will establish direct communication with them. In the view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the illegitimate presence of the U.S. in the Persian Gulf makes no sense," Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Monday.

"The Americans should make requests which have something to do with realities," he added.

Some U.S. media outlets have recently quoted an unidentified U.S. defense official as saying that the U.S. is considering setting up a direct military hotline with Iran after a series of close encounters between U.S. and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf.

Fearing that a misunderstanding could lead to a wider conflict, U.S. officials are weighing establishing emergency communications but a final decision is still pending, the U.S. official said.

Fadavi said that the United States is afraid of the fact that Iran's deterrence capability has increased.

"Their objectives are quite clear to us. They only have one way to alleviate their concerns, which is withdrawing from the region," he added.

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