CORRECTED - Iran leader: U.S. pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis


Iran's top leader said Monday the United States is pushing Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran. "If they confront Iran, they will be defeated".

"During the time of the previous American president, who is as ill-tempered as the current American president, I said that the era of "hit and run" is over", Khamenei said during an April 30 speech.

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. It is the U.S. that "needs to leave, not the Islamic Republic", the Ayatollah went on to say, adding that western Asia is the Iranians' home, while the USA is "an outsider with mischievous aims, seeking to instigate sedition" in the region.

Tensions between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have been rising and both are backing opposing sides in the Yemeni civil war. U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly backed Saudi Arabia in its efforts to counter Iran's influence.

The US is seeking a way to evade the costs of standing against Iran and place them on regional countries, Ayatollah Khamenei said, reminding certain regional countries that if they confront Iran, "they will definitely suffer blows and defeat".

"The cooperation between America and Saudi Arabia will further destabilise the Middle East and will lead to more crisis in the region", Qasemi said. Iran denied that any of its soldiers were killed in the attacks and that any of its bases in Syria were targeted.

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"Iran will continue its support as long as those countries need help in combating terrorism", he stressed. If Trump reneges on the deal and reapplies the sanctions lifted in exchange for Iran reducing its nuclear program, the United States would once again apply sanctions against many foreign companies doing business with Iran since the deal took effect.

Khamenei has warned that Tehran would stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out.

He said that the USA want to turn Muslims against one another.

He specifically called for three major "fixes": amending the sunset clauses, banning Iran's capacity to test ballistic missiles and granting inspectors greater access to Iran's military sites. Some US and British media also said that dozens of Iranians were allegedly among those killed in the incident that occurred late on Sunday.

"By accusing Iran, Americans want to justify their presence in the region and to sell weapons to the regional countries", Tasnim news agency quoted deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami as saying.

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