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Monday, 8 May 2017

Iran Would Destroy the KSA If Riyadh Does Anything “Ignorant”

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Following the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince’s comments about moving the battle to Iran, Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said if the Saudis do anything stupid, the Iranian forces would hit back and destroy the entire kingdom… apart from Mecca and Medina. On Sunday, Dehqan gave the warning in an interview broadcast on Arabic-language al-Manar TV in response to remarks made by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said any battle between Riyadh and Tehran would take place on Iranian soil. Prince Mohammed said:

We’d work to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia.

Dehqan said:

We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we’d leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina.

He referred to the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen… in which over 12,000 people have died… and said the Saudis think they can do anything because they have an air force.

On Tuesday, Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the KSA’s Defence Minister, ruled out ties with Iran after Tehran announced the possibility of de-escalation of tensions if Riyadh halts its war against Yemen. He emphasised that talks with Iran were impossible, as Tehran’s goal was to “control the Muslim world”. The prince made the remarks after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic was ready to normalise ties with Riyadh if the KSA halted its bombardment of Yemen and stopped supporting extremist groups.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, an Iranian Armed Forces spokesman dismissed the recent Saudi Deputy Crown Prince’s remarks, noting that Riyadh is implementing hostile policies fomented by the USA and Israel in the region. On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that Prince Mohammed’s remarks prove that the KSA follows “confrontational and destructive policies” in the region and towards Tehran. The KSA has incessantly pounded Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Ansarullah movement. However, the Riyadh régime failed to reach its goals despite great expense on its part.

8 May 2017

Pars Today

http://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i52268-saudi_kingdom_will_be_destroyed_if_riyadh_does_anything_’ignorant

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