Iran Says Saudi Crown Prince Is "Simple Mind Full Of Illusions", Compares Him To Hitler

In an interview with CBS television Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that if Tehran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow.

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Iran Says Saudi Crown Prince Is 'Simple Mind Full Of Illusions', Compares Him To Hitler

Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson said the Saudi crown prince only spoke with "bitterness and lies"


Tehran, Iran:  Iran on Thursday lashed out at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling him a "simple-mind" after the powerful young royal likened Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler.

"These words are worthless ... because they come from a simple-mind full of illusions who speaks only bitterness and lies," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

In an interview with CBS television, parts of which were released Thursday, Prince Mohammed also said that if Tehran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow.

"Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible," the crown prince said.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "wants to create his own project in the Middle East, very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time," said the 32-year-old heir to the throne.

Shiite Iran and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia are arch-rivals who back opposing sides in regional conflicts from Yemen to Syria.

Prince Mohammed's remarks were aired just days before he due to visit Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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