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US-Saudi Arms Deal to Increase Insecurity in Region: Iran

TEHRAN – Top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi warned that the recent huge arms contract between the US and Saudi Arabia will lead to more insecurities in the region.

“Military supremacy is the result of a thought and internal trends in the Armed Forces to increase any given country’s military and security power; but weapons will only be used to stir insecurity, tension and clashes without a correct understanding of security and lack of a proper strategy,” Rahim Safavi said in Tehran on Tuesday.

Warning that the volume of weapons bought by the Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, is unconventional, he said, “Endorsement of the $110bln arms contract by the US and Saudi Arabia doesn’t help security in Southwestern Asia and will rather be used to create insecurity and tension in the region which is the world’s energy heartland.”

In relevant remarks on Monday, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee lashed out at the US arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion which will extend up to $350 billion over 10 years, warning of more warmongering and insecurity in the region.

“Selling $110bln of American weapons to Saudi Arabia will lead to nothing but igniting more fire and creating insecurity in the region against the Muslims with their money,” Mohsen Rezayee, also a former top IRGC commander, wrote on his twitter page.

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.

(Fars News Agency)

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