Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi Arabia Awaits UN Probe Into Houthi Missiles

Saudi Arabia Awaits UN Probe Into Houthi Missiles

"There are negotiations we need to start on Iran's ballistic missiles", Macron said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said his viewpoints on Iran do not conform with Saudi Arabia's hardline stance vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected any possibility of negotiations on the country's ballistic missiles. "So we should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region", he said, adding that Iran's role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen "destabilizes a lot of people and the whole region".

Iran says its missile programme is defensive and it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles.

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

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"The very tough positions expressed by Saudi Arabia regarding Iran do not conform to what I think [about Tehran]", Le Monde on Friday quoted Macron as having said during a press conference in Dubai on Thursday.

According to the Saudi diplomat, the Saudi letter shed lights on the attack and uncovered that the ballistic was an Iranian-made missile, which was sent to the Houthi militias in Yemen.

Qassemi urged France to pursue "realistic, fair and far-sighted" policies on the ongoing developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. 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. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Iran has denied any involvement in the missile attack while calling the Saudi accusations "false, destructive, irresponsible and, above all, provocative".

Obama's successor Trump decertified the deal last month and slapped sanctions on Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards.

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