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Saudi FM: Iran main sponsor of global terror

Monday, February 20, 2017 14:35
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Iran main sponsor of global terror: Jubeir
Saudi Gazette – 20 February, 2017

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday that Iran
was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilizing force in the
Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.”

“Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Jubeir
told delegates at the Munich Security Conference.

“It’s determined to upend the order in Middle East … (and) until and unless
Iran changes its behavior it would be very difficult to deal with a country
like this.”

He said Iran was propping up the government of Syrian President Bashar
Al-Assad, funding the Houthi separatists in Yemen and violent groups across
the region. He said the international community needed to set clear “red
lines” to halt Iran’s actions.

“Iran is the problem, not the solution, in Syria and Yemen,” he said.

Asked what he would want to request US President Donald Trump, Jubeir said
he wants Trump “to assert American leadership, to be engaged with the world,
to work with allies, to be a force for good — as America has always been.

“I believe that the Iranians must understand that acting the way they have
for the past 35 years is not acceptable. I believe that the Iranians must
understand that the world will not let them get away with literally murder.
And I think when they do, their behavior will change. But so far we haven’t
seen a change in behavior.

“And so the Iranians have violated the ballistic missile accords. The
Iranians have stepped up the tempo of their mischief during their
negotiations with the P5+1, and they continued to step it up after the
agreement was signed.

“I don’t believe that Iran is an irrational actor. I think they’re very
rational. I think that Iran knows where the red lines are, if the red lines
are drawn clearly.

“I don’t know where there have been talks about different coalitions. The
issue is not physically fighting Iran. We’re looking at hoping that Iran
will change its behavior so it can become an accepted member of the
international community, and become a productive and constructive member of
the Middle East.

“We’re waiting for the Iranians to do so….until they do this, we will have
no choice but to push back against them.”


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