USA pushing Saudis into war with Tehran: Iranian top leader

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Iran's top leader said Monday the United States is pushing Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran. "They know that if they get into a military conflict with Iran, they will be struck multiple times over".

"During the time of the previous American president, who is as ill-tempered as the current American president, I said that the era of "hit and run" is over", Khamenei said during an April 30 speech.

"The Americans are trying to instigate the Saudis and other regional countries to stand opposed to the Islamic Republic, but if they have wisdom, they will not be tricked by America".

"One of the ways to confront Iran is to provoke inexperienced rulers of the region".

On his visit to Riyadh, Pompeo reassured Iran's key regional rival Saudi Arabia that the United States would exit Iran's 2015 multinational nuclear deal, unless European signatories of the accord "fix" it.

Khamenei stressed that the USA forces should leave the Middle East as they are the cause of insecurity in the region.

"The cooperation between America and Saudi Arabia will further destabilize the Middle East and will lead to more crisis in the region", Iranian state TV quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

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The commander of the Fatemiyoun Division, a Syrian pro-government Shia militia supported by Iran, also told Mehr that his unit's base near Aleppo did not come under attack.

U.S. President Donald Trump, however, has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the agreement unless Washington and its European allies strike a separate deal aimed at curtailing Iran's regional influence and scaling down its ballistic missile program. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, and German, saw stiff economic sanctions lifted from Iran in return for the dismantling of the weapons-capable aspects of its nuclear program.

In January, Trump kept the deal alive by waiving sanctions against Iran as required by the pact every six months.

Iranian officials on Monday reiterated that Tehran had no intention of suspending its defensive missile capability.

"The Americans do not want to bear the cost of confronting Islamic Republic", he said, adding that, instead, Washington wants "Muslims to fight Muslims".

The Leader has on various occasion called for the purchase of Iranian goods and plans to curb contraband.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that in reaction to the remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against Iran's regional policies in a Saturday joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh.

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