Iran will not start a military conflict in the Gulf but it will defend itself, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
"Will there be a war in the ... Gulf? I can tell you that we will not start the war... but we will defend ourselves", Zarif said.
Zarif is currently touring the Scandinavian nations in a bid to pursue a dialogue on regional issues. The foreign minister has already visited Finland and Sweden.
The comment comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Norway for an official visit amid the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region.