Protesters carry posters of Nimr al-Nimr
Protesters carry posters of Nimr al-Nimr Reuters

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continued his diatribe against Saudi Arabia following the execution of of prominent Shi’ite Cleric Nimr-Al-Nimr.

“The hand of God will take vengeance against Saudi leaders,” Khamenei said on Sunday morning.

Khamenei told Iranian national TV that “for the unjust spilling of blood of this holy man, who suffered and was downtrodden, there will no doubt be heavenly vengeance taken upon Saudi politicians.”

Khamenei also said that it was “a political mistake” taken by the Saudis, who are the greatest political and religious rival to Iran in the Persian gulf. Additionally, Khamenei’s website published an image that compared Saudi Arabia to ISIS.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth report, Saudi Arabian officials responded to Khamenei's comments and said that the Iranian condemnation of the execution “reveals the true face of the Iranian regime, that is one that supports terror.”

The Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry in Riyadh issued a statement which read: “Iran is a partner to all of the atrocities of the terrorists in the entire region, due to the support they offer to the terrorists."

Verbal clashes between the two countries have continued to erupt since the execution on Saturday.