US fueling tension in Middle East using ‘Iranophobia’ – FM — Analysis
Tehran has accused the Biden administration of turning Iran’s neighbors against it
The US is attempting to stoke tensions across the Middle East by “Relying upon the failure policy of Iranophobia,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Sunday, following US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region.
The US was “the first country to deploy a nuclear bomb… it constantly interferes with other countries’ affairs, has launched armed conflicts, and has sold massive amounts of arms across the region,” the official continued.
He added that Washington was also, via its unflinching support for Israel, “Main accomplice to the ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands is daily crimes by the regime against Palestinians and apartheid.”
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday threatened the US and its allies with a “Regrettable, harsh response” should they make a “mistake” in dealing with Iran, accusing Washington and Israel of creating instability in the region.
His statement came after US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed an agreement pledging “Never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon” and to “It will make every effort to achieve that result using all its national power.”
Biden later signed a statement in partnership with Saudi Arabia denouncing the “Growing threat” posed by Iranian-made drones. Washington repeatedly accuses Tehran of trying to sell these drones to Russia. Iran denies the allegations.
Trump’s former presidency saw the US withdraw from 2015 JCPOA nuke deal. Biden failed to achieve any progress in the Middle East despite his campaign pledges to revive the agreement, which would require the removal of anti Iranian sanctions in exchange for limiting uranium enrichment.
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Biden assured US allies in Gulf Cooperation Council that Washington did not intend to leave the region. During a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council nations plus Egypt, Jordan and Iraq in Jeddah, he promised: “We are not going to leave and allow a vacuum in the world to be filled with Russia, China, or Iran.”
While some of Washington’s Middle Eastern allies favor uniting against Tehran, with King Abdullah of Jordan recently making reference to a “NATO Middle East,” others including the United Arab Emirates have resisted the idea, preferring cooperation.
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