Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request


They want sanctions reinstated and for Iran to be punished for its illegal ballistic missile program.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement Tuesday that the July launch involved an Iranian Qiam-1, a liquid-fueled, short-range Scud missile variant.

"France is ... completely aware of our country's stance that Iran's defensive affairs are not negotiable", he added.

The Iranian statement came after the French President during a visit to Dubai said that he is very concerned over Iran's ballistic missile program and stressed the need to start negotiations on it.

The Saudis are in full support of President Trump's decision not to certify Iran as in compliance with Obama's treacherous "deal".

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it". Washington has also called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two United Nations security Council resolutions.

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Obama's successor Trump decertified the deal last month and slapped sanctions on Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards.

The United States Congress now has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions. During his visit to Dubai on Thursday, he referred to a missile which was sacked from Yemen and intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

He claimed that a recent missile attack by Yemen's Houthi fighters on Saudi Arabia was "part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region".

Remnants of the missile bore "Iranian markings", the top US Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom's earlier allegations. Tehran says it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles and the missile programme is for defence purposes.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of committing a "direct military aggression" after the rebels launched the missile at the airport in Riyadh.