Saudi Prince Warns of Escalation With Iran, Higher Oil Prices

Says world must take 'strong and firm action' against Iran

In his interview with 60 Minutes, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tried to do some damage control on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen. The focus ultimately was brought back to the Saudis’ favorite topic, Iran.

The prince warned that there is still a danger of escalation with Iran, and called on the world to unite with “strong and firm action” against Iran, saying Iran would otherwise threaten world interests.

The prince further predicted that if the world doesn’t stop Iran, oil supplies will be cut off and oil prices will hit levels “we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” a threat the Saudis have often used to convince the world to support their position.

At the same time, Iran is keen to sell oil abroad, but is prohibited by the US, and Saudi policy certainly isn’t supporting keeping Iranian oil flowing. This makes it harder for them to argue that they are on the side of free flow of oil.

Author: Jason Ditz

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