U.S. pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis

Iran's top leader accuses US of provoking regional conflicts

Tensions between the two countries remain higher than ever amid their struggle for regional dominance with their continued involvement with multiple regional conflicts, as well as religious disputes over their interpretations of Islam.

Iranian officials have not directly responded to the attack, but the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, indirectly addressed the strikes on Iranians as well as the United States role in the region.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the U.S. government is aware of the crushing response it will have to face in case of taking military action against Iran, reiterating that the time of hit and run is over.

The United States is provoking regional countries against the Islamic republic, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Monday.

The Iranian leader further claimed that the USA officials provoke the Saudi Arabia into creating conflict and tension in the region.‎. "We've got a common challenge in Iran I think they all recognize that". "We are from here, and the Persian Gulf and West Asia is our home", Khamenei said. Pompeo's trip has included visits to Israel and Saudi Arabia thus far.

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"US's plan is to provoke some ignorant govts. with little knowledge, in our own region, to confront the Islamic Republic", he says.

According to Khamenei, Iran is engaging in an "economic and cultural" confrontation with the United States, claiming that the Treasury Department was leading the war against Iran, in a tacit reference to the possibility of imposing new worldwide sanctions if Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal.

Khomenei accused the United States with deception in his address.

While relying on domestic production has economic disadvantages for consumers, Iran's economy is vulnerable to the political winds in Washington and Western Europe. U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly backed Saudi Arabia in its efforts to counter Iran's influence.

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