This photo, released by the US Navy on Dec. 21, 2020, shows the guided-missile cruiser, USS Port Royal, escorting the guided-missile submarine, USS Georgia, as it transits through the Strait of Hormuz to the Persian Gulf.
In a phone conversation with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Tuesday, Zarif underlined the need for the participation of all regional countries in ensuring stability and security without foreign interference and free from tensions.
“Washington will be responsible for the consequences of any possible adventurism,” Zarif said, citing the US suspicious moves and acts of mischief in the region, according to Press TV.
The top diplomats also exchanged views on the latest issues concerning bilateral relations and regional developments.
Last week, a nuclear-powered submarine arrived in the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington ahead of the first anniversary of the US assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
US Navy officials said the USS Georgia had entered the Strait of Hormuz accompanied by two American warships, making it the first missile-loaded submarine of its kind to travel to the Persian Gulf in eight years.
The deployment came in the wake of media speculation that US President Donald Trump may start a conflict with Iran in his final days in office.
Trump launched a “maximum pressure” campaign in May 2018 after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions against Iran.
On Monday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the increased US military activities in West Asia demonstrate Washington’s fears.
“The #USMilitary’s increased mobility in the region is a show of defiance & fear because of past evils that increase the entropy of insecurity & lead to harmful misunderstandings. Security in the region can only be achieved through the removal of foreign anti-instability forces,” he tweeted.