Saudi King Urges GCC to «Confront» Iran
By Staff, Agencies
In a highly hostile rant, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has called on Persian Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] countries to “confront” Iran, blaming Tehran for what he called “aggressive actions” that endanger regional peace.
“Our region today is passing through circumstances and challenges that require concerted efforts to confront them as the Iranian regime continues its aggressive actions that threaten security and stability,” the monarch said during the 40th GCC summit in Riyadh.
Echoing the rhetoric of Saudi Arabia’s allies, the “Israeli” entity and the United States, King Salman accused Iran of “deception” over its nuclear program, urging the world community to address the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities as well as it conventional missile program.
Riyadh and Tel Aviv are among the few staunch critics of a UN-endorsed nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Amid an intense lobbying campaign by the pair, the US abandoned the deal in May 2018 in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and many reports by the world body’s nuclear watchdog confirming the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear work and Tehran’s full compliance with that deal.
Backed by its vassal states in the region, the US has since been attempting to militarize the Middle East’s key waterways under the pretext of confronting what it calls Iranian “threats” to regional peace.
Washington and its allies have blamed Tehran for a number of attacks on oil tankers in regional waters, with the US launching a push to create an international coalition of allies under the guise of protecting the shipping lines of the Gulf.
Iran rejects the claims and says those assaults were false-flag operations meant to frame the Islamic Republic.
Iran has repeatedly said it is ready to settle its differences with Saudi Arabia through dialog. It has also drawn up an initiative dubbed – Hormuz Peace Endeavor [HOPE] – aimed at boosting collective neighborly efforts to safeguard the region free from foreign interference.
Not all of the GCC countries, however, have adopted Riyadh’s aggressive stance towards Tehran.