IRAN MAY CUT UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TIES OVER DISPUTED ISLANDS

The Washington Times on October 9, 2012, reported that Iran warned the United Arab Emirates it could cut diplomatic relations between the two countries if the Arab nation keeps repeating claims to three Gulf islands that are controlled by Tehran. Excerpts below:

Iran took control of the Persian Gulf islands in 1971, after British forces left the region.

The islands — the tiny Abu Musa and the nearby Greater and Lesser Tunbs — dominate the approach to the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway through which about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes.

Since 1992, the UAE repeatedly has claimed the islands, and last month at the U.N. General Assembly, it said Iran’s “occupation” violates international law.

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