Iran’s recent warnings to Saudi Arabia are “ridiculous” and “laughable,” Saudi minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told CNBC Friday, amid investigations by the kingdom tying Iran to a major attack on its oil facilities.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said Friday he hoped to avoid conflict, but Iran was prepared for “all-out war” in the event of attack by Saudi or U.S. forces. He then questioned whether Saudi Arabia was ready to fight “to the last American soldier.”
“This is not the first time Iran’s foreign minister has said something ridiculous and frankly laughable,” al-Jubeir told CNBC in Riyadh Saturday, Kallanish Energy learns.
“The attack that Iran conducted was an attack against the whole world, not just Saudi Arabia. And now they’re trying to justify it, they’re trying to find ways to create divides.”
His comments come amid a state of heightened tension between Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S. following drone and missile attacks on two Saudi oil facilities two Saturdays ago.
The attacks, claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, shut down half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production.
Engagement with Iran, like the efforts of Germany and France in launching a trade system that would bypass U.S. sanctions, is nothing more than appeasement and will only condone Iran’s behavior, al-Jubeir added.
“If you think being lax with Iran will make it behave better, that hasn’t happened in 40 years and won’t happen,” he said. “The idea that Iran can be offered loans we believe is appeasement. Anytime anybody has appeased Iran in the last 40 years, Iran has used that to cause mischief.”
Al-Jubeir said the strikes represented attacks not just on Saudi Arabia but on the entire international community.
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