Saudi Arabia Awaits UN Probe Into Houthi Missiles

Colonel Richard Kemp Asharq Al-Awsat

On Thursday, during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Macron said there were "extremely strong concerns about Iran".

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defense affairs are not negotiable", he said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Sunday.

But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected that possibility.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

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.

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

The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

In an interview with the Time magazine, published on Thursday, Macron also said, "We should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region".

The US says the missile fired at Saudi Arabia was supplied by Iran. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly and clearly announced that it will not engage in any kind of dialogue with any country about its missile program within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or any other deal", Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told the Tasnim News Agency Friday.

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