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The spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that the United States strongly pushing Saudi Arabia to the beginning of another armed conflict with the Islamic Republic.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran on April 30, 2018.

"The cooperation between America and Saudi Arabia will further destabilise the Middle East and will lead to more crisis in the region", Qasemi said. Israel has also repeatedly struck positions believed to be held by Iran and its allies in Syria, vowing to continue to do so to curb Iran's growing presence in the neighboring country.

His remarks came amid a visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who expressed support for Israel and Saudi Arabia and said Iran "destabilizes this entire region".

Meanwhile, Khamenei cautioned "certain regional countries" by saying, "If they confront Iran, they will definitely suffer blows and defeat".

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Khamenei comments are coming days after Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran kicked against moves by French President Emmanuel Macron, alongside his USA counterpart Donald Trump, regarding a potential "new nuclear deal".

The Iranian leader directly threatened the USA in a warning not to take further action against Iran, stating: "If these countries are wise, they won't get involved in a conflict against Iran".

The attack hit a military base between Hama and Homs, and 18 Iranian soldiers were reportedly killed. Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency said Monday that a local source and a commander of the Shiite Muslim, all-Afghan Fatemiyoun Division, denied any Iranian or Afghan personnel were killed. "The Americans are trying to instigate the Saudis and other regional countries to stand opposed to the Islamic Republic, but if they have wisdom, they will not be tricked by America".

He said: "For the same reason the presence of the United States in Western Europe must be obliterated, they must leave our region".

"We are from this region: the Persian Gulf is our home; West Asia is our home".


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