Khashoggi murder unthinkable ‘without US backing’

“This heinous murder further revealed the nature of Saudis, their kingdom and that young man who is seeking fame and murdering innocent people,” Sadegh Amoli Larijani was quoted as saying by the judiciary’s news agency Mizan Online, apparently referring to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

‘Child-killing regime’

Iran has closely followed the backlash its regional rival Saudi Arabia has faced over the Khashoggi murder.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and three of its officers, including Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani, as terrorist sponsors.

“The House of Saud is seeking to divert international and regional public opinion away from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari of the Guards said in reaction to decision, quoted by Mehr news agency.

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