Tehran: A prominent Iranian lawmaker says the reported basing of America`s most sophisticated stealth jet fighters in the United Arab Emirates is a US-Israel plot to create regional instability.
Kazem Jalali was reacting to media reports of the recent deployment of F-22 Raptors at the UAE`s Al Dafra Air Base, which has long hosted US warplanes.
The deployment was first reported in the journal Aviation Week, but US and UAE officials have not publicly commented.
Jalali was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency on Sunday.
Tehran and Washington are at odds over Iran`s nuclear program. The US and Israel say Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. The two countries have not ruled out military action against Iranian facilities.