'Cut off the head of the snake': Saudi King told US on Iran

The leak of the classified American diplomatic cables by the whistle-blower website, which is being reported by newspapers across the globe, revealed that the countries in the Middle East feel threatened from Iran rather than Israel, against the general impression.

For instance, Saudi King Abdullah repeatedly urged the United States to destroy the Iranian programme. He told Americans to "cut off the head of the snake'," Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, said, according to a leaked cable on the monarch's meeting with the US general David Petraeus in April 2008.

Abdullah told a US diplomat: "The bottom line is that they (the Iranians) cannot be trusted."

Officials from Jordan also called for the Iranian programme to be stopped by any means necessary while leaders of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt referred to Tehran as "evil" and an "existential threat."

UAE Crown Prince bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi said in one cable: "Any culture that is patient and focused enough to spend years working on a single carpet is capable of waiting years and even decades to achieve even greater goals."

His greatest worry, he said, "is not how much we know about Iran, but how much we don't."

According to another cable, Kuwait's military intelligence chief told Petraeus Iran was supporting Shi'ite groups in the Gulf and extremists in Yemen.

In another key document, King Hamad of Bahrain "argued forcefully for taking action to terminate the Iranian nuclear programme, by whatever means necessary. That programme must be stopped."

"The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it," he said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has alleged that the cables were deliberately released as part of a psychological warfare campaign against his country.

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