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Iran knew about Saudi Arabia’s plans to assassinate senior Iranian officials, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lashed out at the Saudi-led coalition for intensifying its attacks on the Yemeni civilians, particularly in the port city of Hudaydah, saying the attacks are aimed at blocking the Yemeni-Yemeni talks.
Saudi Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, who has allegedly been fired over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, took part at a meeting in Riyadh in 2017 that involved plans to assassinate the kingdom’s “determined enemy,” Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, as well as sabotaging Iran’s economy, The New York Times reports, citing three sources familiar with the matter.
A senior political analyst says the hostile policies adopted by US President Donald Trump against Iran are all dictated by Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
Iran says it is in contact with UK authorities over possible risks threatening the life of The Guardian’s Iranian correspondent who revealed on Friday his secret phone call with Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and information he received might have led to the dissident’s murder in Istanbul.
Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, might have lost his life for disclosing Riyadh’s funding of an anti-Iran6 UK-based TV channel, the British daily Guardian suggests.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected allegations of a “secret” phone call between Iran and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, saying that no such call has been made.
The spokesman for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) blamed the Saudi regime for the recent abduction of Iranian border guards near the Pakistani border and said last year, about 50 attacks to kidnap the country’s border guards were foiled.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deplored the latest US sanctions targeting a number of Iranian individuals, describing the move as an attempt to divert the world’s attention from Saudi crimes in Yemen and the brutal murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.