Iranian defense minister: Saudi crown prince acting ‘under illusion of power’


After Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman claimed that Iran’s supreme leader “makes Hitler look good,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said that the young heir to the throne appears to be acting under “an illusion of power.”

Apr 8, 2018, 2:00PM Becca Noy

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami slammed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman while in Russia on an official visit. Bin Salman recently said in an interview with The Atlantic that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei “makes Hitler look good.”

“Hitler tried to conquer Europe,” bin Salman added during the interview. “But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes he owns the world. They are both evil guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East.”

“Those words have been said by a man who has little experience in state affairs,” Hatami told RT in an exclusive interview. “Once he claimed he could resolve the situation in Yemen in just one week. Yemen is a poor country with little military strength. The war in Yemen is now in its fourth year, and it has become a quagmire for Saudi Arabia.”

The Iranian official also said that the 32-year-old heir to the throne is apparently acting under “an illusion of power” and stressed that his remarks should be viewed in comparison to his actions and achievements, which are not very impressive.

Bin Salman is a fierce critic of the Iranian regime and has slammed Tehran on numerous occasions. He replaced his cousin Muhammad bin Nayef as the heir to the Saudi throne in June 2017. When his father, King Salman, dies, bin Salman will likely become the youngest king to rule Saudi Arabia.

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