Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has slammed the United States for its continued provocations against Iran, which he says might prompt a real conflict in the Middle East.

Mahathir said in a Saturday interview that Washington’s decision more than a year ago to pull out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran and its recent actions in the Persian Gulf had raised the chances for a large-scale war in the region.

“I think as far as I can see, it is America, which is making all the provocation,” Mahathir told CNBC , adding, “First, they withdrew from the (nuclear) treaty, and now they’re sending warships to the (Persian) Gulf, and doing things that will provoke Iran.”

The Malaysian premier made the remarks while attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.

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