'We will build NUKES if Iran get nuclear capability'
- Author: Delores Daniels May 11, 2018,
May 11, 2018, 3:56
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Yemen's internationally recognised government, praised Trump for pulling out of the nuclear deal, noting that it was necessary to stop Iran's "destabilizing and dangerous" behaviour.
Yemen's Iran-allied Huthi rebels have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against them. Since the conservative Sunni kingdom maintains Tehran is backing the militia in Yemen, the Saudi official said the strikes amounted to a "declaration of war".
Two ballistic missiles were intercepted by Saudi Arabia's air defences on Wednesday, state television reported, hours after Riyadh said it supported new U.S. sanctions on Iran. Shortly after the president declared the USA exit, Israeli jets struck what may have been an Iranian military site in Al-Kiswa, south of Damascus. Such behaviour is unacceptable.
Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels have fired ballistic missiles into the Kingdom in the past, which have been intercepted by Riyadh. "We will find the right way and at the right time to respond to this ..." He further added that they do not want direct military action against Iran.
He was supported by his Labour counterpart, Emily Thornberry, who attacked Mr Trump's decision to break out of Barack Obama's deal.
He said: "If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East". "The consequences could be severe", said Joost Hiltermann, Program Director, Middle East and North Africa at The International Crisis Group.
The latest explosions come after United States president Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran - a move backed by Riyadh. Earlier, the military said it had intercepted two missiles fired across the border at southern Jizan province, hundreds of miles from Riyadh.
For Saudi Arabia, that is "fine" because it means the return of sanctions and ratcheting up pressure on Iran in the region, including by Israel. "An aggressive Iran was emboldened as a result & its ballistic missile program became both offensive & exportable".
Iran has ruled out renegotiating the accord and threatened to retaliate, although it has not said exactly how, if Washington pulled out.