Tehran on Sunday accused Washington of provoking tensions in the Middle East, a day after US President Joe Biden wrapped up a tour of Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and arch-enemy Israel.
Washington has “once again resorted to the failed policy of Iranophobia in an attempt to create tensions and crises in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement.
The comments came after Biden vowed on Saturday that the United States would not “tolerate efforts by any country to dominate another in the region through military escalation, invasion and/or threats,” a clear reference to Iran.
Biden’s first visit to the Middle East came just days before Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Tehran on July 19.
Biden, speaking in the Saudi city of Jeddah at a summit that brought together the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, assured Arab leaders that Washington would be fully involved in the Middle East.
“We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran,” Biden said.
Following the meeting, in a joint statement, the leaders pledged to “preserve regional security and stability.”
It also highlighted diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and specifically called for increased joint deterrence capabilities “against the growing threat” posed by drones – likely referring to Tehran, which unveiled ships and submarines on Friday , capable of carrying armed drones.
Tehran, which denies seeking a nuclear bomb, on Sunday dismissed the comments made in Jeddah.
“These false accusations are in line with Washington’s seditious policy… in the region,” Kanani said.
Biden began his regional tour on Wednesday in Israel, before visiting the Palestinian territories before flying to Saudi Arabia.
In the Jewish state, Biden signed a security pact, cementing a common front against Iran, where the president vowed to use “all” US power to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Kanani said the pact is a “great sign of deception and hypocrisy” by the United States because “they turn a blind eye to the Zionist (Israeli) regime as… the largest holder of the nuclear weapons arsenal in the region.” “.
Israel is believed to possess the only, but undeclared, nuclear arsenal in the Middle East.
The landmark deal, which called for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, was undermined in 2018 by the exit of former US President Donald Trump, prompting Iran to renege on its commitments.
Attempts to renew the agreement have stalled since March.
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