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EU calls on US, Iran to ‘avoid provocations’

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on September 12, 2018. ( European Parliament / Pool - Anadolu Agency )
European Commission in session in Strasbourg, France on 12 September 2018 [European Parliament/Anadolu Agency]

The European Commission calls on the US and Iran to “avoid provocations” that will cause further destabilisation in the region, as reported on Anadolu Agency. 

“[…] the region does not need any further elements of destabilisation. This is something that we have been saying consistently,” said Maja Kocijancic, the EU foreign affairs and security policy spokeswoman.

Kocijancic’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump’s tweet, which said: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

Stating that she would not comment on “any particular tweet”, Kocijancic noted: “[…] any provocations must be avoided and all efforts should be made to defuse tensions.”

READ: Trump ‘anger’ at ‘warlike planning’ over Iran

Over the past few weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated as the US deployed a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Middle East, citing an imminent threat from Iran.

Last week, The New York Times cited intelligence sources as saying that Iran had recently deployed military vessels, armed with missile-launchers, in the Gulf, raising fears of possible conflict.

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