Saudi Arabia angered by Zarif’s remarks about assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists
The Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs has hit out at Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran after the latter implicated Riyadh — along with Zionist entity and the US — in an anti-Iran psychological operation that led up to the assassination of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
According to Press TV, the Saudi minister’s rant came after Zarif said in an Instagram post on Monday night that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent tour of the region, his tripartite meeting with Israeli regime’s head Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi heir apparent Mohammed bin Salman as well as Netanyahu’s recent remarks were signs of yet another conspiracy against the Islamic Republic, which unfortunately came to light with Fakhrizadeh’s assassination.
“A counter-intelligence campaign and purposeful psychological warfare were launched in tandem with this terrorist act, in the delusive hope that the evil plans of Pompeo, Netanyahu and bin Salman to create tensions would materialize,” Zarif’s post read.
Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (known by its acronym SPND), was martyred on November 27 in a multi-pronged attack by suspected Israeli-tied terrorists.
Unlike other regional countries, including its allies at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saudi Arabia has refused to condemn the assassination of the senior Iranian physicist.