Iran Bans All Products From Saudi Arabia
Iran’s government has banned all imports of products made in Saudi Arabia, Iranian student news agency ISNA reported.
The decision was made in a cabinet meeting on Thursday chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, it said.
“The government said in a statement, noting that a ban on Iranians travelling to the Saudi holy city of Mecca for the umrah pilgrimage was also in place “until further notice”.
The deputy head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) told Saudi Arabia it would “collapse” in coming years if it kept pursuing what he called its sectarian policies in the region.
“The path the Saudi regime is taking is like the one Saddam took in the 1980s and 90s. He started a war with Iran, executed prominent clerics and top officials, suppressed dissidents and ended up having that miserable fate.”
Saddam, a Sunni, was hanged in 2006 after being convicted of crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Shi’ite villagers after a failed assassination bid in 1982.
Salami called Riyadh’s decision to cut ties with Iran “irrational and hateful” and said the violence in Iraq and Syria were “the direct results of Saudi’s sectarian policies in the region”.
Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using the attack on the embassy as an excuse to sever ties and increase sectarian tensions.
The IRGC promised “harsh revenge” against the Saudi royal dynasty for Nimr’s death, saying it would “cost Saudi Arabia dearly.”