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Saudi Arabia widen the rift with Iran by threatening to end the trade and flights to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Saudi demands Teheran must "act like a normal country" if it wants to restore diplomatic relations were severed.

Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir said Tehran responsible for rising tensions in the region, especially after executing Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. (Antara / Rosa Panggabean)
Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters in an interview that Tehran responsible for rising tensions in the region, especially after the Saudi execute Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday (2/1).

Saudi judge Nimr was a terrorist, while Iran considers a vocal critic of the equal rights of Shiites in the Sunni majority in Saudi.

Insisted that Riyadh would react to the "Iranian aggression", Jubeir accused Tehran of sending fighters into Arab countries and were planning attacks in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some Gulf countries.

"There is no escalation of Saudi Arabia. All the steps we are a reactive measure. Iranians who entered Lebanon. Iran's Qods Force and sent their Revolutionary Guards to Syria," said Jubeir, Monday (4/1).

Tehran rejected this claim, stating that it only sends military advisers to Syria and Iraq at the request of their governments, and denied planning terror in the Gulf countries.

"We will also stop all flights to and from Iran. We will cut off all commercial relations with Iran. And we will not allow people to travel to Iran," said Jubeir.

However, Iran will still be welcome pilgrims visiting Muslim holy sites in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, for the annual haj pilgrimage and umrroh.

However, Jubeir said the Saudi move to execute Nimr is the right step. Saudi judge Nimr "agitate, organize terror cells, supplying arms and money to them." The accusation was rejected by Saudi cleric family.

Nimr was executed on Saturday (2/1) named 46 other terror suspects, 43 of whom are members of al-Qaeda. Related to this, Jubeir judge, "We should get applause, not criticism."

Jubeir is a former ambassador to Washington. In 2011, the FBI revealed that Jubeir targeted assassination plot by Iranians. Jubeir explained that the severance of diplomatic relations with Iran, which Saudi response to a number of previous issues with Iran, and also in response to the invasion of Iranians to the office of the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Sunday (3/1).

"[This] is a reaction to Iran's aggressive policy over the years, and especially during the last few months. The Iranian regime has become a sponsor of terrorism, they have set up terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia and other countries," he said.

Tehran has consistently denied the charges and accused Saudi Arabia of supporting militancy in support of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jubeir also accused the Iranian authorities involved in the attack on the Saudi embassy on the weekend, and Saudi diplomat said the security forces entered the building and took part in the looting of the building. The local police also did not respond to their requests for assistance.

Iran, meanwhile, defended the action to protect the Saudi embassy, ​​and said it is investigating the matter and make arrests.

Asked what steps to take Iran to Riyadh would consider restoring diplomatic ties, Jubeir said Tehran must "respect the norms of international treaties and conventions" and "act like a normal country [that] respect the territorial integrity of its neighbors." (Ama)

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