Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Riyadh's Iran Accusation Aimed at Covering up Own Crimes in Yemen

Riyadh's Iran Accusation Aimed at Covering up Own Crimes in Yemen

The senior Iranian official added that the Saudi regime should "abandon adventurism and warmongering and engage in constructive political dialog with Yemen, which is its neighbor, while respecting the people's rights".

Qassemi made the remarks in response to claims made by Turki al-Malki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, who accused Iran of providing Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters with ballistic missiles.

Maliki also showed Iran-made missiles that were seized in Yemen and were aimed for the insurgents.

Qassemi rejected the claims and said, "Undoubtedly, these warmongering and irresponsible remarks are open to legal and worldwide prosecution".

Qassemi also rejected the claims on the provision of Yemenis with missiles and said, "By leveling baseless and imaginary accusations without evidence against others, the Saudis are trying to cover up their inability and consecutive defeats they have suffered ... in the war against Yemeni people despite possessing ... a collection of advanced weapons and multi-billion-dollar arms purchases".

"If Iran is genuinely committed to supporting a political solution in Yemen - as it has publicly stated - then it should stop sending in weapons which prolong the conflict, fuel regional tensions, and pose threats to global peace and security", they claimed in the joint statement.

Saudi forces said on Monday they intercepted seven missiles on Sunday, including over the capital Riyadh, accusing their regional rival Iran of being behind the attack and saying they "reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place". At that time, the president called for US-EU sanctions that would demand swifter and broader access for United Nations nuclear inspectors to Tehran's military sites and an extension of limits on its uranium-enrichment program, in addition to the ballistic-missile actions. The statement urged the USA and European countries to stop supporting "aggressors" by providing weapons and jets.

Britain is the third largest humanitarian donor to Yemen.

More than 14,000 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia's military campaign against Yemen in March 2015.

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