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Iran: Hormuz ship incident U.S. "psychological, propaganda campaign"
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17:22, January 09, 2008

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Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel has called U.S. accusations in the recent confrontation between U.S. and Iranian ships in the Strait of Hormuz as a "psychological and propaganda campaign," local Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.

"We have always shown that we believe in peace and avoiding tension, and we presume that the U.S. media propaganda is part of its psychological and propaganda campaign, which it is continuously conducting against Iran," Adel was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

"If one side should charge others of meddling in this region, that side would be Iran, because, unlike the Americans, who came from thousands of kilometers away and stationed their navy ships in the Gulf, we are a natural neighbor of this waterway," he said.

The U.S. Pentagon said Monday that five Iranian boats had harassed and threatened three U.S. Navy warships in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

Bush administration officials immediately warned Iran to refrain from taking "provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future."

But Iran responded by calling the incident "something normal" and said the incident has been resolved.


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