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Iran Accuses US Of Provoking Middle East ‘Crises’

A day after US President Joe Biden concluded a trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Tehran accused Washington of inciting unrest in the Middle East on Sunday.

Washington “has once again resorted to the failed policy of Iran-phobia, trying to create tensions and crises in the region,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement.

The comments come after Biden on Saturday vowed that the United States would not “tolerate efforts by any country to dominate another in the region through military buildups, incursions, and/or threats,” in a transparent reference to Iran.

Just a few days before Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Tehran on July 19, Biden made his maiden trip to the Middle East.

In a speech in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah at a meeting that included Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq in addition to the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Biden reassured Arab leaders that Washington will continue to be actively involved in the Middle East.

“We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran,” Biden said.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the leaders promised to “preserve regional security and stability.”

In addition, it emphasized the need for improved combined deterrence capabilities “against the increasing threat” presented by unmanned aerial vehicles. This was likely a reference to Tehran, which on Friday displayed ships and submarines that could transport armed drones.

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On Sunday, Tehran, which denies wanting to develop a nuclear weapon, rejected the remarks made in Jeddah.

“These false allegations are in line with Washington’s seditious policy… in the region,” Kanani said.

On Wednesday, Biden began his regional tour in Israel. He then traveled to the Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia.

As the president promised to use “all” US power to prevent Tehran from gaining nuclear weapons, Biden signed a security agreement in the Jewish state, strengthening a united front against Iran.

Kanani said the pact was a “great sign of the deception and hypocrisy” of the United States, because “they turn a blind eye to the Zionist (Israel) regime as… the greatest holder of the arsenal of nuclear weapons in the region.”

The only undeclared nuclear arsenal in the Middle East is largely thought to be held by Israel.

A historic agreement that placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions was jeopardized in 2018 by the withdrawal of former US president Donald Trump, which prompted Iran to start breaking its promises.

Since March, attempts to resurrect the agreement have stalled.

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A day after US President Joe Biden concluded a trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Tehran accused Washington of inciting unrest in the Middle East on Sunday.

Washington “has once again resorted to the failed policy of Iran-phobia, trying to create tensions and crises in the region,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement.

The comments come after Biden on Saturday vowed that the United States would not “tolerate efforts by any country to dominate another in the region through military buildups, incursions, and/or threats,” in a transparent reference to Iran.

Just a few days before Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Tehran on July 19, Biden made his maiden trip to the Middle East.

In a speech in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah at a meeting that included Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq in addition to the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Biden reassured Arab leaders that Washington will continue to be actively involved in the Middle East.

“We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran,” Biden said.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the leaders promised to “preserve regional security and stability.”

In addition, it emphasized the need for improved combined deterrence capabilities “against the increasing threat” presented by unmanned aerial vehicles. This was likely a reference to Tehran, which on Friday displayed ships and submarines that could transport armed drones.

READ MORE: Al-Burhan Deploys Troops Ahead Of Pro-Democracy Protests

On Sunday, Tehran, which denies wanting to develop a nuclear weapon, rejected the remarks made in Jeddah.

“These false allegations are in line with Washington’s seditious policy… in the region,” Kanani said.

On Wednesday, Biden began his regional tour in Israel. He then traveled to the Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia.

As the president promised to use “all” US power to prevent Tehran from gaining nuclear weapons, Biden signed a security agreement in the Jewish state, strengthening a united front against Iran.

Kanani said the pact was a “great sign of the deception and hypocrisy” of the United States, because “they turn a blind eye to the Zionist (Israel) regime as… the greatest holder of the arsenal of nuclear weapons in the region.”

The only undeclared nuclear arsenal in the Middle East is largely thought to be held by Israel.

A historic agreement that placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions was jeopardized in 2018 by the withdrawal of former US president Donald Trump, which prompted Iran to start breaking its promises.

Since March, attempts to resurrect the agreement have stalled.

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