Iran has accused the United States of trying to incite tensions across the Middle East through “Iranophobia”. Al Jazeera reports that in a statement that came a day after Joe Biden ended his first tour of the region as the US president, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said that the US was “the first country to deploy a nuclear bomb, that it constantly interferes with other countries’ affairs, has launched armed conflicts, and has sold massive amounts of arms across the region”. He also insisted that the US was “the main accessory to continued occupation in Palestinian lands, daily crimes of the [Israeli] regime against Palestinians, and apartheid”.