Iranian general says son might kill Saudi king to claim throne
A powerful Iranian general has been quotedÂ suggesting that Saudi Arabiaâ€™sÂ deputy crown prince is so â€œimpatientâ€ he may kill his own father to claim the throne, Associated Press reports.
HisÂ comments come as Saudi Arabia conductsÂ naval drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
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UnforgivingÂ rhetoric has been common between the two countries since January. However, the remarks by the Revolutionary Guards General Qassem Soleimaniâ€™s take things to an entirely different level byÂ suggesting regicide.
Soleimani made the comments late on WednesdayÂ at a mourning ceremony for an Iranian general killed in Syria, The Fars and Tasnimnews agencies report.
Relations between majority Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia went downhillÂ after the January 2 ransacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad.
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The ransacking came amid anger over Riyadhâ€™s execution of Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent cleric from the kingdomâ€™s Shia minority. Following the execution Riyadh severed diplomatic relations with Tehran. Several Arab countries followed suit and severed or reduced relations with Iran.
This article originally appeared on ABC News