Riyadh 0
16 May 2019

A senior Saudi defence official declared that the 15 May "attack by the Iranian-backed Huthi militias against two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region, and not to protect the people of Yemen as the Huthis falsely claim. The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Huthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts". A senior Saudi diplomat likewise contended that "the Huthis are an indivisible part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and subject to the IRGC's orders. This is confirmed by the Huthis targeting facilities in the Kingdom". An Iranian spokesperson responded by saying "you can't hide your weaknesses behind such claims... you're still deluded after 1,500 days, isn't that enough?"

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