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Saudi Crown Prince warns of war with Iran within 10 years

Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud attends a Shoura Council meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 13 December 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has warned of “potential war” with Iran within the next 10 to 15 years, Anadolu reported on Friday. Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to put more political and economic pressure on Tehran in order to avoid “direct military confrontation.”

“Sanctions put more pressure on the [Iranian] regime,” Bin Salman told the Wall Street Journal last Monday during his current trip to Washington. “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.”

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of carrying out an expansionist project in the region and of meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. Tehran rejects all of these accusations.

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The Crown Prince claimed that the coalition led by his country is “the best choice” to deal with the crisis in Yemen. He described the seven ballistic missiles fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia as a sign of “weakness” by the Houthi militias. He suggested that they are showing off their waning strength before falling down. It was reported that the Saudi Air Defence Forces intercepted the missiles.

In closing, Bin Salman renewed his accusation that the Muslim Brotherhood is “the main cause” of terrorism. “They [sic] are the incubator of terror,” he claimed, and insisted that the movement must be shut down completely in order to block the path to extremism for anyone so inclined.

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