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Iranian President: Saudi Arabia Can't Hide "Crime" of Execution by Severing Ties

January 06, 2016

In Iran, a top military commander has condemned Sunday’s storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, calling it an "ugly, unjustifiable act." Brigadier General Mohsen Kazemeini made the remarks after protesters angered by Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shiite cleric set fire to a part of the Saudi Embassy. The burning prompted Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan to break ties with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates downgraded relations with Iran, and Kuwait recalled its ambassador there. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday Saudi Arabia could not hide its "crime" of executing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by severing ties with Tehran. Forty-six other people were executed alongside the cleric, marking Saudi Arabia’s largest mass execution in decades.

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