Iran Monday condemned a major US arms package for Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies that is reportedly aimed at countering the growing regional influence of the Islamic republic.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to discuss the package - reportedly worth $20 billion - in a visit with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the kingdom and other Arab states this week.
Foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that reports of the deal showed that the US was bent on "spreading fear" in the Middle East.
"The US has always had [a] special policy of spreading fear in the region and tarnishing existing good relations" between countries in the Middle East, Hosseini said.
"It also wants to spread fear to sell and export its arms to the region and thus talks about fabricated accusations towards some countries of the region," he added.
The US government was expected to announce Monday arms deals worth at least $20 billion with Saudi Arabia and the five other Gulf states, US media reported.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2007, 16:54