Iran's defense minister said on Thursday that the formation of a US-led flotilla in the Gulf would "increase insecurity" and any Israeli involvement would have "disastrous consequences" for the region.
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"Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions", it added.
In all MARAD listed six critical incidents in the region since May 2019.
It said that during "at least two" recent encounters involving Iranian military forces, "vessels reported Global Positioning System interference".
"Vessels have also reported spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be U.S. or coalition warships", the warning added. The idea is, the official claimed, that these crafts will inadvertently stray into waters or airspace controlled by Iran.
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While none of these three Arabian Peninsula states had formal relations with-or even officially recognized-Israel, they have somewhat joined their historic foe, alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as part of an informal axis against Iran, which they all accuse of funding militant groups.
The US Navy announced and listed a number of attacks that took place recently in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, including attacks on six commercial vessels, destroying an American drone, an unsuccessful attempt to seize a British ship, and the seizure of two vessels with Panama and British flags.
Tensions have risen between Iran and the West since a year ago when the United States pulled out of an worldwide agreement which curbed the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme in return for an easing of economic sanctions.
Rouhani also stressed the need to boost Tehran's banking and oil cooperation with other countries.
"The military coalition that the United States wants to form under the pretext of providing shipping security will only further escalate insecurity in the region", the Iranian minister said. In July, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the UK-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz over an alleged breach of worldwide maritime regulations.