Published on: Sep 30, 2018 @ 16:20 – Tensions between Tehran and its Arab neighbors escalated further this week after Iranian officials accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as the United States and Israel of being responsible for the deadly attack during a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, last week.
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi were alerted by the deputy chief of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, not to cross the “red lines” of Tehran.
“If you cross our red lines, we will surely cross your own. You know the storm that the Iranian nation is capable of creating,” Salami said in a statement.
“Stop creating conspiracies and tensions, you are not invincible, you are sitting in a glass house and you cannot stand the revenge of the Iranian nation,” he added .
In addition, he demanded that the US “stop supporting terrorists,” warning that Washington would “pay the price” if it did not.
Salami’s comments follow comments by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of funding the perpetrators of the Ahvaz terrorist attack on 25 September that killed at least 25 people and injured more than 60.
Khamenei described the attacks as “a continuation of the conspiracies of regional states that are puppets of the United States,” adding that the goal of such terrorism was “to create insecurity in the country.”
Four gunmen who opened fire on military and civilian spectators were killed during the parade dedicated to the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war, and 22 people involved in the attack were identified and detained by Iranian intelligence. The Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement and ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been the biggest supporters of spreading US hegemony over the Middle East. Iran is the only regional power that actively prevents this from being achieved.