Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif has said that US arms sales in some regional countries have turned the Gulf region into a ‘tinderbox ready to burst’. Press TV gave this information. According to the news agency Xinhua, Zarif on Monday while referring to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia spending on weapons, said that last year US $ 50 billion worth of weapons were (sold) in the region.
Press TV quoted Zarif as saying, “If you are talking about the dangers coming from the region, then there is a danger coming from the US and its allies, who are sending weapons to the region and it is going to explode.” He also condemned the US move to form a maritime military alliance in the name of ‘promoting security in the military sector’. “The presence of more warships in the region will only lead to more insecurity,” he said. The US and its allies have expressed concern about Iran’s growing influence in the region. Recently, the US has deployed more troops, warships and bombers to areas of its allies in the Gulf and called for the formation of a maritime military alliance.