FNA- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blasted Saudi Arabia and certain other Persian Gulf Arab littoral states for spending petrodollars to buy weapons from the West, and said they should know that piling up arms would never bring them security.
“While the world is more than ever in need of distancing from violence-based and extremism-oriented thoughts and measures, certain countries with a bad record of supporting terrorism have turned the region into the West-made weapons’ cache, relying on petrodollars, and they sow the seeds of insecurity and violence,” Shamkhani told reporters on Tuesday upon arrival in Moscow where he is due to participate in the Conference on International Security.
“Stockpiling arms has never brought security and the fate of Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq is the best instance to prove this claim,” he added.
His remarks came after US President Donald Trump closed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion, and extending up to $350 billion over 10 years.
The White House announced on Saturday the $110 billion deal will take effect immediately.
The pact includes a $6 billion contract to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters in Saudi Arabia, an official statement about the deal said.
The deal also includes a $1 billion THAAD missile system and contract for four multi-mission warships worth $11.5 billion, according to an unnamed official cited in media.
Saudi Arabia is US arms dealers’ most important client and Washington’s No. 1 ally in the Middle East region.
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh. The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.
The military aggression has claimed the lives of more than 14,100 people, most of them civilians.
Since 2011, the Saudi regime has also been sponsoring Takfiri terrorists fighting against Syria, which has left hundreds of thousands people dead and millions more displaced.