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Iran denies providing Houthi rebels with ballistic missiles

30 March 2018

Khoshrou went on to say, "It is not the first time Saudi Arabia enters into correspondence against Iran in order to cover up its defeats in Yemen, and the global community is well aware of this fact".

"In a statement late on Tuesday, Qassemi pointed to the Saudi-led coalition's recurring defeats in the "unequal war" that it has waged on Yemen and said, "...

Iran basically believes in no other solution than a political one to the conflict in Yemen, Khoshrou said.

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.

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"It is not the first time Saudi Arabia enters into correspondence against Iran in order to cover up its defeats in Yemen, and the global community is well aware of this fact", Khoshrou was quoted as saying by Iran's state TV. This is the only way to stop the Houthis and the Iranian Regime from taking hold of Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015. If not for them, who knows what danger Iran would have been able to inflict on the other people of the Middle East.

"My concern is that they could be tempted to take some action directly against some Iranian target, and that any such course of action could escalate further".

Analysts said that while a direct Saudi-Iranian showdown is unlikely, miscalculation remains a risk.

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Saudi Arabia, which has been blamed for most civilian casualties in Yemen, is infamous for what human rights groups call "blackmailing" the United Nations to keep silent on its atrocities in Yemen. But they also support Riyadh's argument that it needs to defend itself from cross-border strikes and limit the spread of Iran's imprint in territory overlooking important trade routes.

The top general said the Yemeni nation has come under military aggression, and hence, it is resisting the aggressors. More than 1 million cholera cases have been reported, the worst outbreak in modern history.

However, the appointments of Bolton and Pompeo in Washington could encourage Iran to ramp up activities in Yemen to signal its ability and willingness to undermine the United States and its partners, Eurasia Group said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi shrugged off Saudi Arabia's threats against the Islamic Republic, saying that the Riyadh regime is not powerful enough to "live out its dreams" (against Iran).

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Iran denies providing Houthi rebels with ballistic missiles