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Iran is a real threat to Saudi, region as nuclear negotiations continue


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Iran has been threatening its neighboring countries, particularly the Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as the nuclear talks with the 6 powers continue, according to a leading Arab journalist.
Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of the Al Arabiya News Channel said the Iranian regime has constantly been increasing tensions in the region and continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions as the negotiations is ongoing.
He wrote in the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on May 15: "While US President Barack Obama was trying to ease the anger of Gulf leaders, Iran was keen on sending a threatening message to Saudi Arabia through the commander of its ground forces.
"On Thursday, Obama gathered Gulf leaders at Camp David to assure them that they ’do not have to worry about the nuclear deal with Iran’. They replied that he did not take into account the security of their countries.
"Tension throughout the region has become a serious problem. It has reached its peak in Syria, Iraq, and more recently in Yemen, where Iran continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions, and insists on breaching the naval blockade formed y the Saudi-led coalition to prevent the armament of the rebels."
Iran sent a ship escorted by its navy which it claimed was carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, but it was later discovered that it was carrying arms destined for Yemen’s Houthi rebels, known to be allied to Tehran, he said.
Mr al-Rashed added: "Iran has previously tried to do the same thing. It sent a ship two weeks ago - under the same pretext - but after US warships rushed to inspect it in the Red Sea, the Iranian ship made a u-turn and returned home. This time, the ship was escorted and protected by a number of Iranian warships. The Iranian military threatened to attack Saudi Arabia if coalition forces inspected the ship.
"The Iranian bullying embarrassed Obama’s administration, which seems to be desperate for a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program. This despite the fact that the Iranian regime is supposed to need the deal the most, but has yet to demonstrate its good intentions and behavior.
"It is clear that Iranian threats against Gulf countries are a direct message to the White House, which is trying to reassure the parties that the concept of reconciliation with Iran is different from its actual interpretation, and that the United States does not have to be engaged in the protection of the Gulf in light of the nuclear agreement. Unfortunately, the history of the clerically-ruled Iran has been full of tension. It only backs down through the use of force, not through diplomatic reconciliation.
"A year ago, Iran tried to send what it said was a humanitarian aid ship to Gaza, but when Israeli commandos attacked and inspected it, they discovered arms covered by cement bags. Iran did not dare to do anything except verbal condemnation.
"Iran seeks to keep the war raging in Yemen by urging its allies to reject reconciliation and supporting them with more arms, as it is doing in Syria. Iran believes that by igniting more wars - after Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, Iraq and Bahrain - it will impose itself as the dominant regional force. For that reason, we are not as positive about the nuclear agreement as Obama envisages us to be, because we are sure that it will only stimulate the evilness of the Iranian regime."