Saudi king urges world to take 'decisive stance' against Saudi's regional foe Iran
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz urged the world on Thursday to take 'a decisive stance' to address efforts by Iran to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in an annual address to the top government advisory body. 'The kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran's regional project, its interference in other countries, its fostering of terrorism, its fanning the flames of sectarianism ..
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz urged the world on Thursday to take "a decisive stance" to address efforts by Iran to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in an annual address to the top government advisory body.
"The kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran's regional project, its interference in other countries, its fostering of terrorism, its fanning the flames of sectarianism ... in its efforts to possess weapons of mass destruction," the king told Shura Council members via videolink.
They were his first public remarks since he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September via videolink, where he also took aim at Iran.
Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran are locked in a decades-long struggle for influence across the region, supporting opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen.
Tensions have risen since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2018 and reimposed stringent economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
(Reporting by Marwa Rashad; writing by Raya Jalabi; editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)
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