0522 GMT November 19, 2017
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Saturday in reaction to earlier comments by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made on American television Channel CNBC.
In that interview, Jubeir accused Iran of being behind a recent missile attack on Saudi Arabia from neighboring Yemen. That missile was fired by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the impoverished country against a deadly Saudi-led invasion since March 2015.
“We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations,” Jubeir said on Thursday.
Qassemi described the Saudi official’s comments as “cheap.”
“The Saudis have taken the blame game to its highest level,” he said, adding that Jubeir was attempting to distract attention from Saudi Arabia’s “destabilizing activities” in the region by distorting facts.
“While Saudi Arabia itself is the cradle of extremist ideology and the incarnation of terrorism and flagrant interference in the affairs of other regional countries, it deceptively accuses others of supporting terror,” Qassemi said.
That tactic, he said, has been tried and has failed.
The governments and nations of the region now clearly see the divisive policies of the Saudis, who, after Qatar and Yemen, have now turned to Lebanon to destabilize that country, Qassemi said.
UK stance slammed
Also, Iran’s mission in London, in a statement, protested claims by a British minister about Iran’s role in Yemen’s missile strike on Saudi Arabia.
The statement said that it is strange that the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has relied on Saudi-backed coalition claims that the ballistic missile fired by Yemen on Riyadh was an Iranian missile, and has urged Iran to play a positive role in settling the Yemeni crisis, IRNA reported.
“It is the UK government and all other countries that send weapons to the members of the Saudi-backed coalition which are expected to stop exporting arms to those countries!”
In a statement which was released on Thursday, the UK’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt expressed concerns over claims that Iran is providing Yemeni Houthis with ballistic missiles.
He condemned a missile attack by Yemen on Riyadh and urged the United Nations to investigate the report.
On November 4, the Yemeni Army targeted the King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital Riyadh by a long-range ballistic missile.