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UAE Press: Iran spreading its mischief to North Africa


(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))

DUBAI, 4th May, 2018 (WAM) -- As world powers debate the effectiveness of the Iran nuclear deal amid a fast-approaching deadline for United States President Donald Trump to decide whether the US will pull out of the agreement or not, more examples of Iran's meddling in the region present themselves, a local newspaper has commented.

The revelation emerged when Morocco said it had undisputed evidence of foul play and decided to sever its relations with Iran, a move that was applauded by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.

"What critics of the nuclear deal have been saying for a long time now is that the deal needs better mechanisms to rein in Iranian adventurism, including tougher restrictions on its ballistic missiles programme, unfettered access to its nuclear sites and pressure to get Iran to stop funding and arming proxy groups in the Middle East. They say the deal has emboldened Iran and encouraged it to spread its tentacles across the Middle East where it wishes to become a regional superpower," the Gulf News wrote in its editorial published today.

While Iran's interference in Morocco has been documented in the past through its support of the Moroccan armed opposition group Chabiba Islamiya during the reign of King Hassan II, the current King Mohammad VI's father, the latest revelations show Tehran's renewed interest in destabilising Morocco. "This escalation needs to be examined carefully when world leaders are ironing out details to toughen the Iranian nuclear deal," the paper added.

In its concluding remarks the Dubai-based English language newspaper said, "It is important that the deal be fixed to address these gaping holes, which allow it to do as it pleases with little or no repercussions from the international community."

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