TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi, referring to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent proposal to the Persian Gulf states to sign a non-aggression pact, said Tehran wants regional tensions to be resolved.

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“The southern littoral states of the Persian Gulf are among our most important neighboring countries,” Mousavi told reporters at a press briefing in Tehran on Tuesday.   

“This idea (of signing a non-aggression pact) is not a new one; Mr. Zarif had recently raised (the idea of) an assembly of regional negotiations,” he noted.

“Iran does not want to be in a tense region and wants tensions to be eliminated,” the spokesman said, adding that Zarif has made the suggestion in good faith and hopes that the opposing sides will treat it in good faith as well.

“Our region faces an unnecessary crisis and this has led to misunderstandings that benefit trans-regional countries,” Mousavi went on to say.

The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US with Washington imposing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran since last year after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Since then, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero,” and has sent an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber squad, an amphibious assault ship, and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to try to stack up pressure on Tehran.

Iranian officials, however, have dismissed such moves as psychological warfare, saying the country has its own ways of circumventing the American bans and selling crude oil.