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There is a war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the of the Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. He was among 47 men put to on terrorism . Saudi leaders said Mr al-Nimr had led anti-government in 2011-2012. He was convicted of disobedience and of carrying . Al-Nimr said he never carried weapons or called for , but had encouraged people to resist police using "the roar of the word" . Iran's leaders said al-Nimr was killed for being a Shia Muslim. Saudi Arabia is a largely Sunni Muslim .

There were protests against the execution in the Iranian Tehran on Sunday. People attacked the Saudi Arabian and set it on . Iran said Saudi Arabia would pay a "heavy " for the execution, including the possible of its government. Saudi Arabia said Iran had no to create tensions on what was an Saudi matter. The ministry said Mr al-Nimr was killed for breaking the law and not because he was a Shia Muslim. It said: "There is no between what a person does regardless of his ethnic or affiliation, or what he believes."

 
 

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