Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 5
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Storming the Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran was a "fully organized" move, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) top commander in Tehran province, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini said.
He further rejected any involvement of the forces close to the government in the attack, saying the "believers and followers of Hezbollah ideology" did not take part in the attack, Iran's official Mizan news agency reported Jan. 4.
Kazzemeini did not unveil further information about the group or groups which he believes were responsible for the attack.
Following execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia some Iranian protesters stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran on Jan. 3, smashing furniture and setting the building on fire before being dispersed by police. The Saudi consulate in the eastern city of Mashhad also was attacked.
Kazzemeini further said that storming and burning the Saudi embassy in Tehran was very wrong and "dirty" move and can not be justified anyway.
Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran on Jan 3, following the attack.
The UN Security Council, in response to a Saudi letter, has strongly condemned the attacks on the embassy in Tehran and Saudi consulate in Mashhad.
The council called on Iranian authorities "to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard".