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Riyadh’s Fury Illogical
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Riyadh’s Fury Illogical

The Foreign Ministry denounced recent furious comments by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir concerning the Iran nuclear deal as "illogical" reflecting Saudi officials' "incorrect" understanding of international relations.

In a joint press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Riyadh on Monday, Jubeir accused Iran of intending to go ahead with the alleged manufacture of nuclear weapons, despite last month's nuclear pact.

"The kingdom is closely monitoring Iran's quest for uranium enrichment," he said, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China) concluded the accord on July 14 in Vienna, which will place temporary limits on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday Jubeir made the remarks out of "illogical anger" over the accord, crafted to end an "unnecessary dispute" over Iran's atomic work.

"Such a degree of fury this regional state is expressing about the diplomatic settlement of regional and global issues leaves no doubt that the kingdom has chosen a life rife with problems and crises."

Afkham expressed regret that by their bitter opposition to the nuclear agreement, the Saudis have aligned themselves with Israel's stance.

"(Unfortunately) their hostility over the (nuclear) issue has brought about such dangerous proximity" to Tel Aviv, said the spokesperson, as quoted by IRNA.

"Such remarks signal the Saudis' incorrect understanding of international relations," she added.  

 

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