Iranian deputy minister accuses Israel, US of encouraging Middle East tensions

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi slammed Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia on Thursday while speaking to Reuters in Paris. According to Araghchi, the policies of the three countries have been encouraging the tensions in the Middle East.
Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

While in Paris for the Euromoney conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi commented on the situation in the Middle East and his country’s role in the region. Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the summit, Araghchi claimed that Tehran has been instrumental in the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of the region.

He also accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of making the situation in the Middle East worse. According to Araghchi, the three countries have been working to encourage the tensions in the region.  

Araghchi then told Reuters that the nuclear deal has nothing to do with Iran’s role in the region. The 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and several world powers has come under fire by Washington since US President Donald Trump entered the Oval Office about a year ago. Last month, Trump announced that he has decided to extend the nuclear deal one last time, opting not to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. The US president said that his decision will give Tehran and America’s European allies time to fix the deal’s “terrible flaws.”

“In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump warned. “And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”

Trump’s ultimatum gives Iran and the other countries involved in the deal until mid-May to revise the agreement. At the same conference in Paris on Thursday, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt stated that London is ready to address the US concerns regarding the deal in order to prevent it from being eradicated and reconstructed.



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