Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami blasted the recent belligerent statements made against Iran by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and said the Riyadh government is not in a position to attack Iran.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami told the Saudi rulers that “(Iraqi dictator) Saddam (Hussein) who was stronger than you and was also supported by you, but he could not do a damn thing, while you are even took weak to receive attention.”
“The criminal Saudi regime and this inexperienced crown prince has said that his country will not negotiate with Iran, and it will take war to Tehran,” he stated, and addressing the Saudi rulers said, “You are too small to be able to do so.”
In relevant remarks on Monday, Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined the role played by Saudi Arabia in the recent terrorist attacks in Tehran on June 7.
“The recent deadly terror attacks in Tehran were carried out on request of Saudi Arabia’s security and spy services,” Amir Abdollahian said.
He reiterated that the existing documents are proof of the US and Saudi Arabia’s continued support for terrorist groups in the region and the world, and said, “Their strategy and policy is to draw out regional crises in order to carry out their own agendas such as arms sales.”
After the attacks, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country had obtained intelligence showing that Saudi Arabia was “actively” propping up terrorist groups along Iranian eastern and western borders.
Riyadh has severed its diplomatic relations with Iran. The Tehran attacks came hot on the heels of specially adversarial comments and threats by high-ranking Saudi authorities.
Last month, Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia would work to move “the battle” to Iran.
Also, on June 6, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iran had to be “punished” for what he called “its interference in the region.” The Tehran attacks happened less than a day later.
On June 7, gunmen mounted almost simultaneous assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, which killed 18 people and injured 50 more. The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assaults. Iran has arrested dozens of terrorists since the Tehran attacks.