Pres­sure on Iran will help avoid war, Saudi crown prince tells WSJ

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

Crown Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Sal­man called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pres­sure Iran eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally over its nu­clear agree­ment to avoid a di­rect mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion in the re­gion.

“Sanc­tions will cre­ate more pres­sure on the Ira­nian regime,” the crown prince said dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Wall Street Jour­nal on Fri­day, ex­plain­ing that ef­forts must be made to avoid a mil­i­tary con­flict in the re­gion caused by Iran.

Iran has sup­plied the Houthi mili­tia in Ye­men with weapons used against Saudi Ara­bia over the past three years, the crown prince ex­plained dur­ing the in­ter­view.

Since the war in Ye­men be­gan, the Houthi mili­tia group has fired sev­eral bal­lis­tic mis­siles into Saudi Ara­bia.

How­ever, the crown prince stated that these at­tacks were “ev­i­dence of weak­ness.”

In re­sponse to a ques­tion on Saudi Ara­bia’s in­ter­ven­tion in the coun­try, the crown prince said: “Ye­men was about to get split be­tween the Houthis and Al-Qaeda if we had not in­ter­vened in 2015.”

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