The Iranian and Saudi representatives traded blames at the UN Security Council Monday session for the 4.5-year war in Yemen and supporting terrorism in the region.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister and rep to the UN, Gholam Dahqani said his Saudi counterpart, Abdullah al-Moalimi, "represents a regime that kills children," and the latter accused Iran of "backing the terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, Berlin and Argentina."
The Saudis "always seek to distract the UNSC's attention away from their crimes against peoples of the region, particularly those crimes they commit against the Yemeni innocent children," Iran diplomat said.
The "Saudis are who fund the largest terrorist groups in the region, but provide those gungs with logistic support in contrast with the Islamic teachings and in blatant violation of international law."
For his part, the Saudi diplomat replied: "I feel sad to hear such lies. I tell the rep of Iran, quit interfering in regional affairs in Syria, in Yemen or in Iraq. Yes, you have no right to interfere in these countries' affairs.
"You feign crying over Yemen's children, shedding crocodile tears, but you spread sectarianism and terrorism in the region's countries. And I call you to refrain from [saying] these absurdities."
Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
Yemen's fighting has turned into a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia that intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
Coalition aircraft sporadically strike Sana'a and other Yemeni provinces to target alleged Houthi arsenal and drone sites, but some strikes have missed targets and left hundreds of civilians killed, pushing UN groups to blame coalition for war crimes.
Yemen conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.