Iran retaliates after Saudi accusations of destabilizing region

The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue after the former accused the latter of destabilizing the region and launching a missile at Riyadh. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Monday, saying that Saudi Arabia is “engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilizing behavior.”
Zarif and King Salman - rising tensions Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After Saudi Arabia accused Iran of threatening regional stability, the two countries continued their verbal sparring. “The enemy uses every opportunity to blame Iran and we will definitely reject it,” said Iran’s Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami on Sunday.

“KSA is engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilizing behavior & risky provocations. It blames Iran for the consequences,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday. He also addressed Hariri’s resignation and wrote: “Visits by Kushner & Lebanese PM led to Hariri's bizarre resignation while abroad. Of course, Iran is accused of interference.” Hariri, who announced his resignation during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, slammed Iran's "grip" on the Lebanon and said Iran "and its affiliates" in the region will "not prevail."

As reported earlier by JOL, Saudi Arabia released a statement accusing Iran of leading a proxy-war via Yemeni Houthi rebels after the militants launched a missile at Riyadh on Saturday, calling it “an act of war.” According to the statement, which was published by the Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi government "reserves [the] right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner."

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