Iranian official calls MBS ‘delusional’ after prince warns of war

Foreign Ministry spokesman slams Mohammed Bin Salman after Saudi heir warned war with Tehran was just 10-15 years away.

Saudi leaders have repeatedly praised Trump's strong stance on Iran deal [Bandar Algaloud/Reuters]
Saudi leaders have repeatedly praised Trump’s strong stance on Iran deal [Bandar Algaloud/Reuters]

Iran‘s Foreign Ministry spokesman has lashed out at Saudi Arabia‘s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, after the 32-year-old heir to the throne warned war with Tehran could be just 10 to 15 years away.

Bahram Qassemi warned bin Salman – widely known as MBS – “not to dice with death” and called on veteran Saudi officials to teach the “delusional novice” of the fate former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein endured after he challenged the “Iranian nation’s resolve”.

“This delusional novice, who is still too big for his boots, either does not know what war is, or has not studied history, or unfortunately has not talked to a venerable person,” Qassemi was quoted by Iranian media as saying.

Reciting a verse from a 13th-century poem, Qassemi added: “The ant seeking to grapple with an eagle is hastening to perish.”

He then asked Persian linguists in the Saudi royal family to translate the verse accuately for the Crown Prince.

Qassemi’s comments came after MBS said that Saudi Arabia could engage in a military confrontation against Iran if tougher international sanctions were not imposed against the Islamic Republic.

“We must achieve this in order to avoid a military conflict, if we fail to do this, we will probably have a war with Iran in 10-15 years,” MBS told The Wall Street Journal.


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