Iran has a plan for Gulf security - Rouhani

Iran will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf to the United Nations this week the country's president Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday (September 22), amid heightened tensions with two of its longtime foes, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

(SOUNDBITE)(Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING:

"We will present a plan to the world in the coming days at the United Nations that the Islamic Republic of Iran, in cooperation with the countries of the region, can create security and safety for the Persian Gulf, the Oman sea and the Strait of Hormuz with the help of the countries of the region."

Rouhani made his remarks at at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the start of the Islamic Republic's war with Iraq in 1980.

It comes as Saudi Arabia and the United States continue to point the finger at Iran for an attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14 - the largest-ever such assault on the world's top oil exporter.

On Friday (September 20) U.S. President Donald Trump approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air and missile defenses after the attacks.

(SOUNDBITE)(Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING:

"We are the people of logic and negotiation, but we are not the people of abjection and surrender. We are men of defense and resistance but we are not someone who will violate the borders of others just as we will not allow anyone to violate our borders."

Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen's Houthi movement.