Iran on Friday said the US seeks to “provoke a crisis” after a Western statement which Tehran described as “illegitimate” assured Arab allies their security interests would be taken into account during talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
"This spectacle of a meeting and statement are so fabricated and illegitimate that they are not worth responding to," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
"The US government, which is responsible for the current situation after withdrawing from the nuclear deal, is once again trying to provoke a crisis and conduct a propaganda campaign against Iran," he said.
In a joint statement issued after talks on Thursday with Persian Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, the United States and the so-called E3 of Britain, France and Germany welcomed their "efforts to de-escalate tensions", AFP wrote.
They accused Iran of "destabilizing” the region by the use of ballistic missiles and drones and expressed concern about concessions that could be made to the Islamic Republic in the negotiations that are due to resume in the Austrian capital Vienna on November 29.
In 2018, under then president Donald Trump, the United States unilaterally pulled out of the deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Trump's successor, Joe Biden, has said he is ready to rejoin the accord, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the statement on his country's regional activities was without foundation.
"The countries that must be held accountable for their adventures and aggression in the region, including against Yemen for the past seven years, cannot make baseless accusations against others," said Khatibzadeh.
A Saudi-led military coalition launched an air campaign against Yemen in 2015 to shore up a former government after the Houthi movement took control of the capital Sana’a months before.
US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley tweeted on Thursday the US, regional Arab allies and the European trio “discussed two paths open to Iran: continued nuclear escalation and crisis, or mutual return to the JCPOA”.
He claimed that time for Iran “to choose is short”.
Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, responded to Malley’s tweet on Friday, saying that the first path is “definitely redundant and untimely”.
Ulyanov noted that the second path is what Russia, as a JCPOA party, “strongly supports”.
“The JCPOA must be fully restored without artificial delay.”