Will fight if Iranians start war, Saudis say

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia does not want a war but will not hesitate to defend itself if Iran decides to start one, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday.

The statement came hours before a rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone. The rocket strike prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to warn on Twitter that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, was addressing a series of terrorist attacks in which he said Iran had played a role over the past few decades. He spoke a week after four oil tankers — two of them Saudi — were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and days after Iran-allied Yemeni rebels claimed a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline.

“The kingdom of

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