- Saudi Arabia said Iran had previously taken advantage of loopholes in the Iranian deal
- Iran and Saudi Arabia are foes.
- The US has slapped new sanctions on Iran.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has warned the international community against trusting Iran too much and helping it to overcome sanctions. Speaking during the United Nations annual meeting on Wednesday, he underlined that Tehran was dangerous and was only keen on projecting its power in the Middle East.
He highlighted that Iran had previously taken advantage of loopholes in the Iranian deal and actively used its resources to support terrorist groups in the zone, including Hezbollah.
“A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required. Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solutions and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security,” he said.
Iran’s UN spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi dismissed the allegations as baseless.
“The unconstructive and unwarranted statement by the Saudi leader only emboldens certain powers who are intent in sowing discord among regional countries with the aim of creating permanent division and selling more deadly weapons to the region,” he said.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are currently entangled in vicious proxy wars as they fight over regional influence and dominance.
Their differences are rooted in religious denominations. Iran follows Shia Muslim doctrines, while Saudi Arabia is a Sunni Muslim power.
Saudi Arabia is historically known as the birthplace of Islam. Its place in the Muslim world was, however, challenged by the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979. It led to the creation of a new theoretical doctrine that borrowed from the Saudi model and transferred it beyond the country’s borders.
Militarily, Iran has been able to spread its influence more successfully across the region.
In Syria, for example, Iran has supported the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad and helped his army to disperse factions that are backed by the Saudis.
Saudi Arabia is subsequently trying to contain Iranian influence, which is spreading fast.
Iran has been accused of supplying arms to the militant groups that it supports, but has continued to deny the allegations. A UN report recently affirmed that there was sufficient evidence indicating that Iran was supplying arms to the Houthis.
In Lebanon, it has been accused of assisting Hezbollah, the Shia militia group. The radical group wields immense political power in the country and has a huge fighting force.
The Trump administration has imposed a slew of sanctions on Iranian officials and companies to limit its military might. On Monday, the US announced a new round of embargoes aimed at preventing conventional arms sales to Iran.
The US is keen to contain Iranian military projects, which include its nuclear program. The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by US President Donald Trump earlier this week in regard to this.
“My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran. My Administration will use every tool at our disposal to stop Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits.”