Bahram Qassemi warned bin Salman – known in as MBS – “not to dice with death” and called on veteran Saudi officials to teach the “delusional novice” of the fate former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein endured after he challenged the “Iranian nation’s resolve”.
“This delusional novice, who is still too big for his boots, either does not know what war is, or has not studied history, or unfortunately has not talked to a venerable person,” Qassemi was quoted by Iranian media as saying.
Reciting a verse from a 13th-century poem, Qassemi added: “The ant seeking to grapple with an eagle is hastening to perish.”
He then asked Persian linguists in the Saudi royal family to translate the verse accuately for the crown prince.
Qassemi’s comments came after bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia could engage in a military confrontation against Iran if tougher international sanctions were not imposed against the Islamic Republic.
“We must achieve this in order to avoid a military conflict, if we fail to do this, we will probably have a war with Iran in 10-15 years,” bin Salman told The Wall Street Journal.
Saudi Arabia has expressed alarm at what it views as creeping Iranian influence in the region and has stepped up its efforts to contain what it considers Iran’s expansion through proxy conflicts and direct military engagement in Yemen.
Saudi authorities have repeatedly commended US President Donald Trump‘s tough stance on the landmark agreement.