NEW YORK/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut on Wednesday at the annual United Nations conference of world leaders, calling for an unified front to consist of Riyadh’s rival and stop it from getting weapons of mass destruction.
He said Iran made use of a 2015 nuclear handle world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities, produce its terrorist networks, and utilize terrorism,” adding that this had produced nothing however “turmoil, extremism, and sectarianism.”
” A thorough option and a firm worldwide position are required,” the Saudi king, 84, informed the 193- member General Assembly in a video statement that was pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The United States, a strong ally of Saudi Arabia, stopped the Iran nuclear pact in 2018, with President Donald Trump calling it the “worst offer ever.” Washington has given that imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran and asserts that all countries likewise ought to reinstate U.N. sanctions to try to push the Islamic Republic to work out a brand-new deal.
French President Emmanuel Macron told the world body on Tuesday that Washington’s sanctions project against Iran had actually failed.
All the remaining celebrations to the nuclear deal, consisting of longtime U.S. allies, and 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members say the U.S. claim on U.N. sanctions is void. Diplomats say couple of nations are likely to reimpose the steps.
” Our experience with the Iranian program has taught us that partial options and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security,” King Salman said.
‘ DISARM HEZBOLLAH’
Iran’s U.N. objective spokesman Alireza Miryousefi declined what he called “the unwarranted claims.”
” The unconstructive and baseless declaration by the Saudi leader only emboldens specific powers who are intent in sowing discord amongst regional nations with the goal of developing permanent division and offering more lethal weapons to the area,” he said in an apparent swipe at the United States.
Sunni Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite- controlled Iran are secured a number of proxy wars in the region, including in Yemen where a Saudi-led union has been battling the Tehran-aligned Houthi movement over five years.
Riyadh has actually blamed Iran for attacks on the kingdom’s oil centers last year, a charge Tehran denies. Iran rejects arming groups in the Middle East, including the Houthis, and blames regional tensions on the United States and its Gulf allies.
Trump made only a passing reference to Iran throughout his U.N. address on Tuesday, focusing instead on attacking China. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the General Assembly on Tuesday Washington could impose “neither negotiations nor war” on his nation. All U.N. statements are pre-recorded videos.
Gulf Arab states have actually also been alarmed by the rising impact of Iran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, withholding financial backing to the government needed to take on Lebanon’s worst financial crisis in decades.
King Salman said a lethal blast in Beirut’s port last month “occurred as an outcome of the hegemony of Hezbollah … over the decision-making procedure in Lebanon by force of arms.” Authorities have actually blamed the blast on a stockpile of ammonium nitrate unsafely kept at the port.
” This terrorist organization must be disarmed,” the king said.
NO IRAQ ‘PLAY GROUND’
Iraq has actually often been the scene of spillover violence from U.S.-Iran stress, but looks for to avoid being drawn into any local blaze. A U.S. drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport in January.
” We do not desire Iraq to end up being a sort of play area for other forces which will eliminate themselves on our territory. We have seen enough wars and adequate attacks on our sovereignty,” Iraqi President Barham Salih informed the General Assembly on Wednesday.
On attempts to moderate peace in between Israel and the Palestinians, the Saudi queen said a 2002 Arab Peace Effort is the basis for a “extensive and just option” guaranteeing the Palestinians acquire an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
” We support the efforts of the existing U.S. administration to achieve peace in the Middle East by bringing the Palestinians and the Israelis to the settlement table to reach a fair and thorough arrangement,” he stated.
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, prepared the 2002 effort by which Arab countries provided to normalize ties with Israel in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory recorded in 1967.
The king stopped short of backing current U.S.-brokered contracts by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to establish ties with Israel, a tactical realignment of Middle East countries against Iran. Saudi Arabia has actually quietly given in to the deals but has signified it is not prepared to do something about it itself.
Palestinian leaders have actually condemned the UAE and Bahrain’s warming of relations with Israel, explaining it as a betrayal of their efforts to win statehood in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Extra reporting by Marwa Rashad, David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Mary Milliken, Paul Simao and Howard Goller
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