Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubair Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Saudi Arabia has rejected Iranian hints at alleged involvement in the killing of a top , nuclear scientist, condemning Tehran’s decades-old “criminal and illegal” acts.

“It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assassinations; unlike Iran, which has done so since the Khomeini Revolution in 1979,” tweeted Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubair.

“Ask us, and ask many other countries who have lost many of their citizens due to Iran’s criminal and illegal behaviour,” he added in English.

“Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Will he blame us for the next earthquake or flood?”

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, was assassinated near the Iranian capital Tehran, fueling regional tensions and triggering vows of retaliation from Iran.

The UAE, Bahrain and Oman condemned the scientist’s assassination and warned of repercussions on regional stability.

Fakhrizadeh, the head of the Defence Ministry’s research and innovation agency, was thought to be behind Iran’s dubious nuclear programme.

In recent years, tensions have grown in the Gulf due to Iran’s meddlesome policies and its proxy militias’ destabilising acts.