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'This will be mother of all wars,' says Rouhani

"The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the U.S. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself", Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, according to Tasnim.

The Persian Gulf is a vital lifeline and "thus nat'l security priority for Iran, which has long ensured maritime security", Zarif wrote.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed maritime security, Iran and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Wednesday.

"The Islamic Republic is in a full-scale war", Salami said.

Traffic through the Strait, through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes, has become the focus for a standoff between Iran and the USA after President Donald Trump quit a 2015 nuclear pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Mousavi also said Tehran will regard the organizers, founders, and members of such a coalition as the culprits behind possible tensions and crises that would emanate from such a move.

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Also Thursday, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard warned that a new war in the region would include Iran's regional proxy groups, Hamas and Hezbollah, and would result in the "collapse" of Israel.

"You've got centuries of maritime expertise under your belt, so you understand the importance of protecting worldwide shipping from unprovoked attacks", Pompeo pointed out during a press conference with British counterpart Dominic Raab after their talks in Washington on Wednesday.

Last month, Bahrain said it would co-host a conference on "maritime and air navigation security" with the United States, set for October.

Six attacks against commercial vessels; Shoot-down of U.S. Navy remotely piloted aircraft over global waters; Attempted at-sea interdiction of Isle of Man-flagged M/V BRITISH HERITAGE; Seizure of ex-Panama-flagged M/V RIAH; Seizure of United Kingdom -flagged M/V STENA IMPERO; and Detention and subsequent release of Liberian-flagged M/V MESDAR.

Bahrain said the 31 July meeting was to discuss the "current regional situation" and blasted "the repeated attacks and unacceptable practices of Iran and the terrorist groups linked to it". "We're not looking to hurt Iran", Trump added. On August 6, Israel confirmed its readiness to join the coalition, added TASS.

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