Iran has threatens Saudi Arabia with aggregate military decimation taking after a war of words between the two Middle Eastern adversaries.
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hammered Iran for endeavoring to “dominate the Muslim world,” discounting any conceivable future discourse with Iranian pioneers about Saudi’s oil arrangement.
“We realize that we are a primary objective for the Iranian administration,” he said. “We won’t hold up until the fight comes to Saudi Arabia however we will work to have the fight in Iran instead of in Saudi Arabia.”
Accordingly, Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan hit back at the Saudi administration, guaranteeing it would “crush” the kingdom if the Saudi’s do anything “insensible.”
Zerohedge.com reports: “If the Saudis do anything ignorant, we will leave no area untouched except Mecca and Medina,” Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying.
Taking a jab at the Saudi war in Yemen, the iranian said that “they think they can do something because they have an air force,” referring to Saudi attacks on Iran-aligned Houthi forces in control of the capital Sanaa.
Dehghan, speaking to Arabic-language Al-Manar TV, was commenting on remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said on Tuesday any contest for influence between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and the revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy ought to take place “inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia”.
Was this just more “run off the mill” jawboning and theatrics, or a prelude to a more serious escalation between the two nations which periodically trade verbal barbs even if neither has been willing to test overt military action against its counerpart?
The answer will be revealed in the upcoming OPEC negotiation on production cut extensions, and specifically whether the Saudis will grant Iran – which has been steadily gaining market share at Saudis’ expense during 2017 – another waiver from participation in the mandatory output cuts.
Because when it comes to Saudi Arabia, while nationalistic verbal pyrotechnics are for popular consumption, when it comes to oil, and associated revenues – especially ahead of the critical Aramco IPO – nothing could be more serious.