Iran's Houthis Fire More Missiles at Saudi Arabia

Iran's Houthis Fire More Missiles at Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Shiite rebels fired ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital on Wednesday, according to the rebels and the Saudi military, which said its air defense forces intercepted missiles in the skies over Riyadh and the southern city of Jizan.

Ziad, a Saudi businessman, said the Kingdom's leadership was correct to question the 2015 nuclear accord which had eased sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program to prevent it from being able to make an atomic bomb.

A military spokesman for the Ansarullah resistance movement, Colonel Aziz Rashed, said the missile attack marked "a new phase" and was revenge for Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, wrote on Twitter: "Iran interpreted the JCPOA as concurrence of its regional hegemony".

Middle East analyst James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, believes Iran will not compromise on its ballistic missile programme "because that is the core of their defence policy".

The Iran-backed Houthis fired several ballistic missiles at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, but, luckily, these were intercepted by the kingdom's missile defence systems and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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Qatar has yet to issue a statement.

'These missiles are Iranian manufactured and delivered to the Huthis, ' Jubeir told CNN.

"We will do whatever it takes to protect our people".

In an anticipated decision, Trump withdrew from the deal on Tuesday, having previously said that Iran was in violation of the "spirit" of the global agreement.

A journalist asked him a question during an interview that will Saudi Arabia develop a nuclear bomb itself.

"We have repeatedly said that Iran needs to seriously reconsider its approach if it truly wanted to establish good neighborly ties with Arab countries", he stated. The elite Iranian group has been known to work alongside Syrian, regional and Russian forces battling the rebels, and jihadis in trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but it denied any involvement in the attack. He further added that they do not want direct military action against Iran. "The consequences could be severe", said Joost Hiltermann, Program Director, Middle East and North Africa at The International Crisis Group.

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