"Saudi Arabia’s severing diplomatic ties with Iran will only escalate tensions in the region. Countries are taking steps to normalize relations with Iran, while Riyadh is breaking them off. It lacks far-sight in terms of diplomacy," Rahimpour said.
He warned that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would escalate tensions between Shiites and Sunnis, and stressed that Iranian law enforcers did everything in their power to bring those responsible for storming the Saudi embassy to justice.
Sheikh al-Nimr was among 47 people executed Saturday for alleged terrorism-related offenses. The cleric had been vocal in his criticism of the Sunni-ruled monarchy during the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Saudi Arabia’s Shiite-majority eastern province.