"We will not allow even one single person from Iraq, from the Iraqi civil aviation, or from the office of the Iraqi Council of Ministers to come to Erbil and Sulaimaniya global airports without our decision", Kurdistan Transport Minister Mawlood Bawa Murad said on Saturday.
In Iran, armed forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri told reporters Saturday his country would team up with Iraq's central government for military exercises at several crossings in the border region to stem any other potential separatist movements in the region.
USA officials on Friday declared that the independence referendum was illegitimate.
The move to seize the border post was a response to a Kurdish referendum, Monday (9/25/2017), resulted a vote in favor of secession from Iraq.
Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's armed forces plan to hold a joint military drill with the Iraqi army near Kurdish territory.
Iraq's central government is making preparations for its military to seize control of global borders along the northern Kurdish region in an attempt to isolate the Kurds from other countries.
Kurdish officials have called the measures illegal and have pleaded for worldwide support in confronting threats from Baghdad, Tehran, and Ankara.
The initial result announced by the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) revealed 92.7 per cent of people had voted in favour of independence.
Even the US asked the Kurds to cancel the vote, which ended up producing a 93 percent "yes" result in favor of separating from Iraq out of a population of 3 million. The UN Secretary-General's special representative in Iraq, Jan Kubis, confirmed this position yesterday to the host minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim al-Jaafari, he said.
"The president... recalled the importance of preserving unity and Iraq's (territorial) integrity while recognising the rights of the Kurdish people", the statement said.