Iran on Sunday accused the United States of stoking tensions in the Middle East, a day after US President Joe Biden ended a tour of the region.
Alluding to Iran, Biden told an audience of Arab leaders on Saturday that the United States “will not tolerate one country attempting to dominate another in the region through military buildup, incursion and/or threats.” Washington, “in trying to create tensions in the region, has once again resorted to the policy of Iranophobia and has failed,” Iranian Foreign Affairs spokesman Naser Kanani reacted in a statement.
“These false accusations are in line with Washington’s policy of agitation in the region,” he added.
Biden further stated that the United States “will not walk away” from the Middle East leaving “a void that could be filled by China, Russia or Iran.” Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Tehran on July 19. Several Arab leaders and Biden held a meeting on Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after which they announced that they will reinforce the joint deterrence capacity “against the growing threat” posed by unmanned aerial devices, a probable reference to Iran, which on Friday presented ships capable of carrying drones.
The United States and Israel accuse Iran of using drones and missiles to attack US forces and ships linked to Israel in the Gulf, in order to destabilize the region. In Israel, Iran’s sworn enemy, Biden signed a strategic partnership against Tehran during his tour, thus forming a common front against Iran to ensure that it “never” acquires nuclear weapons. For Kanani, it is “a great example of the deception and hypocrisy” of the United States, since “it turns a blind eye to the Zionist regime (used to refer to Israel), the largest possessor of the nuclear weapons arsenal in the region. “.
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