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DM Downplays Saudi War Rhetoric against Iran.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi played down Saudi Arabia's recent war rhetoric and threats against Tehran, stressing that not only Riyadh but also its American masters would never dare to make such a dangerous mistake.

"The Saudi regime lacks the capability and ability to pose a (real) threat to us, and it should thus be said that the Saudi regime will never find the courage to pose a military threat to Iran," Vahidi told FNA on Sunday.

He also reiterated that "even the United States is not capable of materializing its threats against Iran, let alone the others".

Elsewhere, Vahidi blasted the recent claims raised by the Saudi officials and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) about Iran's interference in Bahrain's internal affairs, and said, "A simple glance reveals which country has deployed its forces in Bahrain and is meddling in its affairs."

The PGCC member states issued a statement at a ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, accusing Iran of interference in Bahrain's internal affairs.

Iran strongly rejected the claim, and said interference means deploying troops and killing people in a foreign country, alluding to the deployment of the Saudi-led PGCC forces in the Bahrain.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed clampdown against mass protests.

Scores of Bahraini protesters have been killed and many others gone missing in the harsh crackdown since the beginning of the revolution in the Middle Eastern country.

People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional reform and a proportional voice in the government are met.

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Date:May 29, 2011
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