Iran’s supreme leader: Saudis face ‘certain downfall’
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Iran’s supreme leader: Saudis face ‘certain downfall’

In Saturday speech, Khamenei accuses Riyadh of trading its wealth with 'pagans and enemies,' week after $110 billion arms deal with Trump

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking at a meeting in Tehran, November 1, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking at a meeting in Tehran, November 1, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

TEHRAN — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Saturday that Saudi Arabia’s monarchy faces “certain downfall” for aligning itself with the US and that its regime can be toppled sooner rather than later.

“They will be gone, they can be toppled and can perish [or be destroyed]… there is no doubt about it… it is certain that it will happen,” Khamnei said during a religious gathering in comments translated from Persian.

“They will face certain downfall,” he said at a Koran reading event marking the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, according to Reuters.

“They might stay for some time; it depends on how the believers of the community take action. If they act correctly, it will happen sooner. If they don’t [react], it might take longer,” he added according to a transcript carried on his English website.

In further scathing remarks agaisnt Riyadh, Khamenei said the Muslim world has been placed in “grave danger” by “a group of worthless, inept and villainous people [who] are ruling over a community of the Muslim nation, namely the Saudi government.”

Khamenei also said that Saudi Arabia is a “cow being milked” by the United States, a week after the kingdom signed an $110 billion weapons deal with US President Donald Trump during his visit last Saturday. Private sector and other agreements with the US totaled some $350 billion.

US President Donald Trump, left, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud take part in a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. ( AFP / MANDEL NGAN)
US President Donald Trump, left, and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud take part in a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. ( AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

“The stupid Saudi government thinks it can attract the friendship of enemies by giving them money,” said Khamenei, according to a translation by the semi-official Fars news agency. He further accused Riyadh of trading its wealth with “pagans and enemies.”

Khamenei added that bastion of Islam Saudi Arabia is “cruel toward believers and kind toward pagans.”

“They are giving special handouts to the US. To whom does all this wealth belong? This is the nation’s [Saudi people’s] wealth, which they give away to disbelievers and their people’s enemies…They oppress their own people in this manner, and oppress the people of Yemen and Bahrain in other ways. But they are going to perish,” he warned.

Majority Shiite Iran and predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia support opposite sites in the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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