Iran urged to forestall battle and ‘nuclear disaster’

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Iran urged to prevent conflict and nuclear crisis

WASHINGTON: The USA 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 individuals urged the brand new Iranian administration to grab the present diplomatic alternative” stemming from the resumption of talks in Vienna aimed toward salvaging the Iranian nuclear accord, and “forestall battle and disaster,” the assertion mentioned.

These oblique talks between the US and Iran had been suspended after Iran elected a brand new president in June and at the moment are scheduled to renew late this month.

They’re aimed toward resurrecting the 2015 multinational accord aimed toward stopping Iran from growing nuclear weapons.

The US below then president Donald Trump pulled out of the accord in 2018, and in response Iran has deserted lots of the commitments it made below that settlement to curb its nuclear program.

“Iran has taken steps for which it has no civilian want however that may be necessary to a nuclear weapons program,” mentioned the assertion from representatives of the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

These international locations additionally condemned what they referred to as “a spread 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 risk to regional safety and stability,” the assertion mentioned.

Some Gulf international locations equivalent to 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 below the auspices of Iraq.

These Gulf international locations “briefed” Washington on “their efforts to construct efficient diplomatic channels with Iran” as a way to ease tensions, albeit with the help of American army dissuasion.

“The US and GCC member states burdened that these diplomatic efforts is not going to succeed if Iran continues to impress a nuclear disaster,” the assertion concluded.