WASHINGTON: The US and its Arab allies within the Gulf accused Iran of inflicting a nuclear disaster and destabilizing the Center East with ballistic missiles and drones.
The warning got here in a joint assertion issued after a gathering of the US and Gulf Cooperation Council working group on Iran, which was held in Saudi Arabia.
“All members urged the brand new Iranian administration to grab the present diplomatic alternative” stemming from the resumption of talks in Vienna geared toward salvaging the Iranian nuclear accord, and “forestall battle and disaster,” the assertion stated.
These oblique talks between the US and Iran have been suspended after Iran elected a brand new president in June and are actually scheduled to renew late this month.
They’re geared toward resurrecting the 2015 multinational accord geared toward stopping Iran from growing nuclear weapons.
The US underneath then president Donald Trump pulled out of the accord in 2018, and in response Iran has deserted most of the commitments it made underneath that settlement to curb its nuclear program.
“Iran has taken steps for which it has no civilian want however that will be necessary to a nuclear weapons program,” stated the assertion from representatives of the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.
These nations additionally condemned what they referred to as “a variety of aggressive and harmful Iranian insurance policies together with the proliferation and direct use of superior ballistic missiles” and drones.
“Iran’s help to armed militias throughout the area and its ballistic missile program pose a transparent menace to regional safety and stability,” the assertion stated.
Some Gulf nations resembling Qatar and Oman are sometimes seen as channels for the US to speak with Iran.
Saudi Arabia, a Sunni monarchy fiercely against Shiite Iran, has additionally not too long ago undertaken a quiet however noticeable dialogue with its neighbor underneath the auspices of Iraq.
These Gulf nations “briefed” Washington on “their efforts to construct efficient diplomatic channels with Iran” with the intention to ease tensions, albeit with the help of American army dissuasion.
“The US and GCC member states confused that these diplomatic efforts is not going to succeed if Iran continues to impress a nuclear disaster,” the assertion concluded.