Iran criticizes US arms sales to Gulf

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States on Monday of turning the Gulf region into a flammable “sulfur can” by selling weapons to its regional allies.

“The United States sold $ 50 billion worth of arms to the region last year,” Zarif said in an interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera television on the sidelines of a visit to Doha. Military. ”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated since the United States withdrew in May 2018 from the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in Vienna in 2015, and reintroduced tougher sanctions against Iran.

Zarif assured the island of “flooding the region with weapons by America and its allies, turning it into a flammable sulfur can.”

Tensions have been exacerbated by attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf that the United States has accused Iran of being behind, despite Tehran’s denials, amid Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz against US sanctions.

Washington is seeking an international alliance to accompany merchant ships in the Gulf, but it does not appear to have attracted many countries, and Washington’s allies seemed wary of dragging them into open conflict in the region, which accounts for a third of the world’s oil.

Zarif met in Doha with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani and discussed, according to Qatar News Agency, “bilateral relations and ways to strengthen and develop, in addition to matters of common interest.”

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar after being accused of “financing terrorism” and supporting Iran, despite Doha’s denials.

Doha has opened to Tehran to ease its economic isolation, importing from the Islamic Republic its main needs and adjusting a number of Qatar Airways flights over Iran after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain closed its airspace to Qatar Airways.

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