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    Fanning the Flames: Saudi Arabia 'Deliberately Provoked' Conflict With Iran

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    After protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad, Riyadh broke off diplomatic ties with Iran. At the same time, this move has reaffirmed the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal.

    Saudi Arabia deliberately provoked the crisis in its ties with Iran. However, the move has proved the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal for the international community, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said.

    Last Sunday, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad. The protests came after prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was executed by Riyadh. Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have been longtime rivals in the region.

    "Recent geopolitical trends in the regions have been in contradiction with Saudi Arabia’s interests for over a decade. The rise of Iran as well as Washington’s decision to hold talks with Tehran on its nuclear dossier additionally fueled Riyadh’s panic. Al-Nimr’s execution was a deliberate provocation. It was likely aimed to spark a crisis and maybe even war to change the regional geopolitical balance," Parsi said.

    According to him, Saudi Arabia realized the execution would destabilize the region and have a negative effect on its ties with Iran.

    "In turn, the unjustifiable arson of the Saudi embassy in Iran gave Riyadh a pretext to cut diplomatic ties with Tehran as well as to hinder the US-led diplomatic efforts in Syria and Yemen," Parsi pointed out.

    Saudi Arabia has repeatedly threatened to wreck the talks on the Syrian and Yemeni settlement if Iran were included in the process. Finally, Iran joined the Vienna negotiations on Syria, at the behest of other parties.

    "For Washington, Riyadh’s actions justify the deal on the Iranian nuclear program reached in 2015. The agreement has had a very important result dissembled by the Obama administration. It would cut Washington’s reliance on Saudi Arabia. After the US settled the nuclear standoff and turned back to talks with Tehran it has strenghtened its positions in the region," the expert explained.

    Now, Saudi Arabia is trying to drag the US in its rivalry with Iran.

    "But it is clear that Washington would better balance between Saudi Arabia and Iran and not take full responsibility for Riyadh’s reckless escapades," Parsi concluded.

    Earlier, the US expressed concern over the escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran and called for both countries to maintain diplomatic communication channels.

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    • Like Libya all these so-called improvements in relations and disarmament of Nuclear program for "peace" were and have been a farce. A prelude to pave the way for NATO Zionist Saudi Axis provocation, sabotage, creation of false flag "green-dollar" protestors, insurrection, save the people invasion and regime change, dismemberment of borders, for another US-UK-Baby-Torturer-Shah anchor of stability. That is why the Kurds are being strengthened regionally and in Iran since the revolution. Before it is too late, Russia should build some large military bases in Iran to check any further NATO advances.

      NATO played and is still playing the same game with Russia, improving relations, Russia helping France and NATO with UN Vote Abstentions to allow Libya and other support to allow the French re-conquest of Africa, etc., only led to successive NATO stabs in the back of Russia: the NATO Georgia Genocide, CIA Kiev Fascist Junta Coup, cancellation of French warship sale, etc. More to be expected.
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    • Ivan Zadorozhny
      The Saudis are running scared to provoke a war to save themselves, but they will be disappointed.
    • rogertidy
      I agree that Saudi Arabia deliberately provoked Iran. The Saudis have probably calculated that their actions against Iran will win the support of US neo-conservatives, who have always opposed the nuclear agreement with Iran.
    • dr.petestan
      As the world goes to "hell in a handbasket" Saudi Arabia is only to willing to help it along.
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