In a recent interview, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia warned that oil prices could rise sharply if the world does not restrain Iran.
The prince said inaction could encourage Iran and lead to a war that he believes will ruin the world economy after the attack on oil facilities, which he blames on Tehran.
Iran has said the Saudi prince’s remarks “will bring [the Saudis] nothing but shame ”.
In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” program on Sept. 29, Prince Mohammed bin Salman also said he took some responsibility for the murder of journalist Jamal Hashoggi.
However, he refused to personally order it.
The prince, who is considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is suspected of a personal sight on Jamal Hashoggi, a Saudi journalist who criticizes the government in Riyadh.
Jamal Hashoghi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, 2018.
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During the interview, the prince said: “I take full responsibility as the leader of Saudi Arabia, especially since it is [the killing] was committed by persons working for the government of Saudi Arabia ”.
However, Mohammed bin Salman refused the order to kill Jamal Hashoggi directly or knew about it at the time.
Since then, Saudi officials have accused Operation Rogue of killing him and prosecuted 11 people.
The Crown Prince also offered talks on a political solution to the civil war in Yemen, where government forces backed by a coalition of Saudi Arabia are fighting Hussein rebels backed by Iran.
Iran is a regional rival of Saudi Arabia and an adversary of the United States, which withdrew from an agreement aimed at limiting Tehran’s nuclear program after Donald Trump came to power.
U.S.-Iranian tensions have risen markedly this year, and the U.S. has accused Iran of attacking six oil tankers in the Persian Gulf between May and July. However, Iran denies the allegations.