EU calls on US, Iran to 'avoid provocations'

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20 May 2019

The European Commission on Monday called on the U.S. and Iran to “avoid provocations” that will cause further destabilization in the region, ONA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

“[…] the region does not need any further elements of destabilization. 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 U.S. 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.”

Over the past few weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated as the U.S. 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.