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Saudi Arabia Slams Iran's Escalation in the Region

By Siavosh

Iran has been the reason behind rising tensions in the Middle East. After the U.S. deployed a number of vessels and military personnel to the Gulf early last month, Iran seems to be testing the waters in provoking the U.S. and its allies in the region.

It was determined that the Iranian regime was behind the attacks on a Saudi oil pipeline and on several vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran against any further action and he has since issued new sanctions with regards to its oil sector in a bid to dissuade further belligerence.

Now, after the recent attack in Saudi Arabia on the international airport in Abha, the kingdom’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman has slammed the Iranian regime’s behaviour. He said that Iran’s continued aggression across the region and its reckless escalation will have serious consequences.

He also noted that Iran’s aggression is often carried out via militias and proxy groups.

The Deputy Minister of Defense also spoke about the regime’s history of belligerence saying that for four decades it has terrorised the region through needless acts of destruction, death and the spread of chaos and sectarianism.

He noted Iran’s support of the Houthi rebels in Yemen in particular.

Prince Khalid bin Salman said that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is going to take great efforts to confront the Houthi militia’s malign acts, saying that they will display “unwavering resolve”.

He said that the attack on a civilian airport “exposes to the world the recklessness of Iran's escalation”. The prince also said that it is just another example of the danger that the regime presents with regards to security and stability in the region.

In a message on Twitter, the Deputy Defense Minister said: “Appropriate measures will be taken to confront and deter these terrorist militias. We will stand against all those that aim to inflict harm on our security and interests, and we will continue to adhere to all international laws and norms to protect regional security and stability.”

The Iranian regime is in a desperate situation. Through these recent reckless acts, it is likely that the regime is trying to portray an image of strength, but it must tread carefully. The regime is so close to collapse that sparking a war – inadvertently or intentionally – would be a grave mistake. War would be equal to suicide.

Faced with further displays of aggression, the international community has a responsibility to ensure that the regime is held accountable for its actions. The United States is putting Iran through a maximum pressure campaign and it is targeting the regime with a series of sanctions in a bid to prevent it from plundering so much money on terrorist groups and activities.

As a major violator of human rights, all those freedom loving countries must hold the regime accountable for its actions. The regime has been allowed to get away with the most atrocious violations for far too long.

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