Khomenei: US provoking Gulf nations to confront Iran

Khomenei: US provoking Gulf nations to confront Iran

Kerry Wise
May 2, 2018

Khamenei said the United States seeks to make these states undertake the costs of confrontations with Iran. The Ayatollah added that everyone who will come into a conflict with Iran, can count on multiple strikes, and the countries of the region should not allow the United States to deceive them.

Commenting on the worldwide move aimed at containing Iran's regional threats, Khamenei said the Middle East wars were "the result of the American presence".

"I think they would all agree that it's in everyone's best interests that the Gulf States all figure out how to be together", Pompeo told reporters after he left Saudi Arabia.

Qassemi maintained that Iran's support was based on "requests of their legitimate governments and in line with fighting terrorism in the region".

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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticized US policies and Iran's enemies in messages on his website and Twitter, The Times of Israel reported.

According to Khamenei, Iran is engaging in an "economic and cultural" confrontation with the United States, claiming that the Treasury Department was leading the war against Iran, in a tacit reference to the possibility of imposing new worldwide sanctions if Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal. There is no evidence that the United States is involved, but the attack has further highlighted the tense relations between the two countries.

Last November, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman described Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the "new Hitler of the Middle East", while Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan has previously threatened destruction against every part of Saudi Arabia except its holy cities should the Kingdom "do anything ignorant". On May 12, President Donald Trump will decide whether the United States remains a party to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in July 2015.

Appearing to address those remarks, Khamenei said Iran had no intention of limiting its influence in the Middle East.