Obama letter to Iran contained 'nothing new,' Tehran says

January 17, 2012 11:30

A letter sent by the United States to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warning that a closure of the Strait of Hormuz would be crossing a "red line" contained nothing new, an advisor to Khamenei said Monday. Echoing the statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that "nothing new" has taken place in Iranian-American relations.

"Our country does not seek conflict and tension with anyone," the ISNA news agency reported Tuesday. "We have declared that Persian Gulf security is our major priority and Iran will give a tough response to any country which intends to endanger regional security. Everything will change if anyone wants to change [the] regional climate," he added.

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