Iran ballistic missile programme non-negotiable

by Abel Hampton November 13, 2017, 0:22
Iran ballistic missile programme non-negotiable

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

French president Emmanuel Macron described the missile fired at Riyadh as "obviously" Iranian during a visit to Abu Dhabi this week.

"We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations", Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of foreign affairs, told CNBC Thursday.

"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. He raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

"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.

Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them.

He claimed that a recent missile attack by Yemen's Houthi fighters on Saudi Arabia was "part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region".

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

Harrigian's remarks appear to corroborate Saudi charges attributing the missile to Iran.

The diplomat stressed that the country's missile program is designed for its defense and has no relation to a nuclear agreement with the world powers. Tehran says it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles and the missile programme is for defence purposes.

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