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Iran issues warning on isles

Iran told its Gulf Arab neighbors Saturday it was ready to defend militarily three disputed islands in the Persian Gulf - Abu Musa, Greater Tumb, and Lesser Tumb.

A meeting of the heads of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) voiced full support Wednesday for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in its dispute with Iran over the islands.

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The move has triggered strong Iranian criticism and warnings.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council criticized the GCC and described its support of the UAE as "irresponsible."

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