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

In WikiLeaks release of US Embassy cable, Saudi leaders speak candidly on Teheran, say "military pressure against Iran shouldn't be ruled out."

Saudi King Abdullah with Prince Abdel Aziz AP 311 (photo credit: AP)
Saudi King Abdullah with Prince Abdel Aziz AP 311
(photo credit: AP)
Among the quarter-million documents in the latest WikiLeaks release on Sunday, was a secret diplomatic cable from the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, about a meeting between Saudi King Abdullah and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US General David Patraeus in April 2008.
According to the leaked document, part of the conversation between King Abdullah and the US officials touched on Saudi attitudes towards Iran, its influence in Iraq and the need to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic.
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The cable quotes former Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir recalling, "the King's frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. 'He told you to cut off the head of the snake,' he recalled to the Charge, adding that working with the US to roll back Iranian influence in Iraq is a strategic priority for the King and his government."
The document says that the Saudi foreign minister called for "severe US and international sanctions on Iran, including a travel ban and further restrictions on bank lending." It added that, "the foreign minister also stated that the use of military pressure against Iran should not be ruled out."
In its assessment, the US Embassy cable concluded that the Saudis, "are eager to work with the US to resist and reverse Iranian encroachment in Iraq."