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Iran says to respond to U.S. message "if necessary"

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-07001

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the country would give response to the U.S. message on the Strait of Hormuz, if necessary.

The message was not transferred through Turley, but it was delivered to Iran in three channels, he said Sunday night.

The U.S. message on the security of the Strait of Hormuz was forwarded to Iranian UN envoy Mohammad Khazaei by Washington ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and then it was transferred to Iranian Foreign Ministry by the Swiss ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti, he added.

Mehmanparast continued the message was also given to Iran by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

The Iranian official continued the country "is investigating the issue" and will respond to the message "if necessary", adding the country would do its best to provide security of the strategic area.

"The Strait of Hormuz is a key route to supply the required energy for the whole world and Iran will do its best to provide its security," he said.

"Providing security of the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf needs a collective measure and some cross-regional countries cannot decide about it," he added.

Mehmanparast did not elaborate on the content of the US letter.

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