The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday categorically rejected a US media report claiming that Tehran has come into terms with the UAE over the sovereignty of its trio islands, stressing that Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb islands in the Persian Gulf are inseparable parts of Iran.
“The Iranian embassy (in the UAE) has rejected the claim of the journal (US Defense News), and I reiterated here that the report is completely false and no agreement has been made (on the three islands),” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Afkham described the report as a propaganda effort made to harm the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.This shouldn't be considered a surprise to anybody. There were a number of Gulf sources in the US Defense News article but none from Iran. That in itself suggested the report be best viewed with skepticism.
For a reminder on how Iran regards the three islands, observers would do well to direct their attention toward the names of the three artificial islands recently created at Tehran District 22's "Persian Gulf Martyrs Lake." They're called "Abu Musa Martyrs Island," "Greater Tonb Martyrs Island," and "Lesser Tonb Martyrs Island." For details, click HERE.