Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (pictured) on Monday accused US of instigating Saudi Arabia and certain other regional countries to start a confrontation with Iran, local media reported.
Khamenei was responding to rocket attacks late on Sunday allegedly by Israel on a base in Syria that killed 18 Iranians.
The comment came a day after new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia to exhort Gulf countries to stand united against Iran.
Addressing people ahead of International Workers’ Day,
Khamenei said the US is inciting the Saudis to create conflict among Muslims. He wondered why Washington is not inciting Jews.
If some countries in the region target the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran will hit back and defeat them, Khamenei said.
US military must leave West Asia as their presence in the region is the cause of insecurity, war and violence, he said.
Netanyahu’s ‘secret files’ show
While Israel remained silent on rocket attacks on Syrian airbases, its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was busy showing slides and shelves of ‘secret files’ in a televised programme to tell the world that Iran’s nuclear weapons programme is still active, making the 2015 deal invalid.
After signing the nuclear deal, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files by moving them to a secret location in Tehran. But Israeli intelligence gathered ‘half a tonne’ of those files, Netanyahu said, calling it a great achievement.
Iranian media dismissed Netanyahu’s presentation as a propaganda show.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif underscored the coordinated timing of the alleged intelligence revelations before May 12, when US President Donald Trump is expected to pull out of the nuclear deal.
The UK, France, and Germany have decided to defend the Iran nuclear deal which they see as the best way” to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.