Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini called on US President George W. Bush to reconsider his "wrongful" policy in the Middle East during his final year in office, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported on Sunday.
Hosseini told a weekly press conference that Bush's visit to the Middle East was aimed at "isolating Iran and instilling fear of the Islamic Republic in the region's countries".
The spokesman said Bush's trip was also aimed at securing Israel's interests.
"The statements Bush made in the occupied territories (following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah) are indicative of the US's effort to exacerbate the internal strife between the Palestinian organizations," Hosseini was quoted by the government mouthpiece as saying.
Referring to the Jan. 6 incident in the Persian Gulf between US and Iranian naval vessels, the Foreign Ministry official said, "We saw that some factions within the US are still interested in apply an adventurous policy in the region, and at the beginning of the civilian New Year they once again brought shame on themselves."