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Foreign Minister Zarif says Iran will not start war in Gulf but will defend itself

Foreign Minister Zarif says Iran will not start war in Gulf but will defend itself
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a seminar at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo, Norway, August 22, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Lise Aserud via REUTERS Copyright NTB SCANPIX(Reuters)
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OSLO (Reuters) - Iran will not start a war in the Gulf but it will defend itself, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

"Will there be a war in the ... Gulf? I can tell you that we will not start the war... but we will defend ourselves," he said at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo; Writing by Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; editing by John Stonestreet)

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