In response to a UN fiery speech by King Salman, Iranian officials have labeled Saudi Arabia as a major sponsor of “terrorism” in the region.
Iran is attacking Saudi Arabia’s “crazy talks” after responding to the ruler of the kingdom during an annual meeting of world leaders at the UN.
In a video statement Wednesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz called on the 193-member UN General Assembly for a comprehensive solution to Riyadh’s hostile enemy and stop it from receiving weapons of mass destruction.
In his address, the 84-year-old Saudi monarch claims that Iran has used its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers to “step up its expansionist activities, set up its terrorist networks and use terrorism”
“Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solutions and reassurance have not stopped its threats to international peace and security,” he said.
“Distortion of facts”
In response, Said Hatibzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, accused Saudi Arabia of distorting the facts and shifting the blame for its own “crimes,” describing it as “the main financial and logistical support for terrorism in the region.”
Saudi Arabia’s Muslim-majority and Shiite-dominated Iran has been trapped in several proxy wars in the region for years, including in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Tehran-linked Hutu movement.
“Persistent ground and political defeats in Yemen have prompted Saudi Arabia to turn to delirium, and they want to absolve themselves of responsibility for their war crimes against Yemeni women and children by pointing the finger at other countries,” Hatibzadeh said.
He added that Saudi Arabia’s applause for the campaign for “maximum pressure” on US sanctions against Iran, efforts to expand ties with Israel and its “billions in ransoms from the pockets of its own people” were fruitless, turning it into A “weak” nation among the Arab countries.
In his speech, King Salman refrained from criticizing Washington’s recent mediation deals for “normalization” in recent weeks between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to establish ties with Israel.
Majid Taht-Ravanci, Iran’s envoy to the UN, also condemned King Salman’s accusations as “baseless” and accused Saudi Arabia of being “a source of instability in the region”.