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Iran says Gulf worried about war risks with Trump
Reuters, Dec 11 2016

Donald Trump’s election has led to unease over threats to peace in the region, Iran’s defense minister said on Sunday, warning that a war would destroy Israel and the small Gulf Arab states. Trump’s election victory has raised the prospect that Pindostan will pull out of the nuclear pact it signed last year with Iran. During his campaign, Trump called the nuclear pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated” and has signaled he will take a harder line on Iran. This has led to unease among Pindo vassals in the Gulf, Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan told a security conference in Tehran. According to Mehr News, he said:

Even though a businessman, the assistants that (Trump) has chosen may map a different path for him, and this has led to unease, particularly among Persian Gulf countries. Considering Trump’s character and that he measures the cost of everything in dollars, it does not seem likely that he would take strong action against our country. Enemies may want to impose a war on us based on false calculations. Such a war would mean the destruction of the Zionist regime, and will engulf the whole region, and could lead to a world war. Among other consequences of the war would be the destruction of the city states on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, because they lack popular support.

Iran summons UK envoy over ‘divisive’ May remarks to Gulf Arabs
Reuters, Dec 11 2016

Iran summoned the British ambassador on Saturday to protest against remarks by PM May who accused Tehran of “aggressive regional actions” in a speech to a Gulf Arab summit. Foreign Ministry spox Bahram Qasemi said the move was prompted by May’s “irresponsible, provocative and divisive remarks” at the summit in Bahrain on Wednesday, IRNA reported. May told the Gulf Arab leaders:

We must also work together to push back against Iran’s aggressive regional actions, whether in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Syria or in the Gulf itself.

Britain and Iran exchanged ambassadors in September, more than a year after Britain reopened its Tehran embassy, which was closed for nearly four years after it was stormed by protesters.

Britain says West cannot treat Russia as an equal partner
Reuters, Dec 11 2016

British defense minister Michael Fallon said on Sunday he was ready to work with the new Pindo Sec Def, but that Western nations could not treat Russia as an equal partner, as Moscow was a strategic competitor. Several appointments by Trump have suggested his administration could forge warmer relations with Putin, worrying several Euro vassals, especially in eastern Europe. Fallon told the BBC:

I’m ready to work with the new Sec Def, Jim Mattis … to be strong against Russian aggression towards NATO, to de-escalate tensions with Moscow and as I said to continue to work with Russia on how we get towards a settlement in Syria. That can’t be treating Russia as an equal. Russia is a strategic competitor to us in the West, and we have to understand that.

Fallon also emphasized Britain’s support for the Toads after foreign minister Boris Johnson told an audience that the Toads, Iran and others were “puppeteering and playing proxy wars.” A spox for PM May said earlier in the week that Johnson’s views did not reflect the government’s position on the Toads & their role in the region. On Sunday, Fallon emphasized support for them, saying:

It is perfectly entitled to defend itself and it is also leading the coalition to restore the legitimate government of Yemen.

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