As Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran, questions loom in volatile region

(CNN) – Following the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, and as relations between the two Middle Eastern powerhouses deteriorate, Saudi and Iranian officials continue to trade barbs.

Iran is committed to protecting diplomatic missions, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told the press Monday, and reiterated that there were no Saudi diplomats harmed — or even present — during an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. He added, however, that Kingdom is looking for “excuses” to further harm the two countries’ formal relations.