Yemen fired Iranian missile at Saudis

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2017

While Iran denies allegations it provides weapons to the rebels, Macron said the missile was "obviously" Iranian, echoing United States claims.

They want sanctions reinstated and for Iran to be punished for its illegal ballistic missile program.

But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected that possibility. He raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it", Qassemi said, according to a statement on the ministry's website on Sunday.

The United States backed the Saudi claim that the missile was supplied by Iran and urged the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for the violation.

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Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighboring Yemen in March 2015 to push back the Iran-backed Huthi rebels which controls the capital Sanaa and restore the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

"France officials including its president are well aware that levelling false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran stands in stark contradiction to the realities of the Middle East over the past decades", Qassemi responded. Saudi defense forces intercepted the missile and brought it down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Obama's successor Trump decertified the deal last month and slapped sanctions on Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards. During his visit to Dubai on Thursday, he referred to a missile which was sacked from Yemen and intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

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