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Iran leader: USA pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis

02 May 2018

The spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that the United States strongly pushing Saudi Arabia to the beginning of another armed conflict with the Islamic Republic. "If these govt. officials gain some wisdom, they won't confront the Islamic Republic; but, if they stand against Iran, they will certainly suffer from defeat".

In remarks broadcast on state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated longstanding calls for the United States to "leave" the Middle East, which he called Iran's home, and said any power seeking to challenge Iran would be defeated.

The Leader then decried the United States policy of countering the Islamic Republic by fomenting regional feud, adding, "The Americans are trying to pit the Saudis and some (other) regional countries against the Islamic Republic, while if they (Saudis) have any wisdom, they should not be deceived by the USA".

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"Another plan is to provoke inexperienced rulers of the region to confront the Islamic Republic", Khamenei added.

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Iran leader: USA pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis