Saudi Arabia urges urgent Arab League meeting on Iran

Saudi Arabia urges urgent Arab League meeting on Iran

Saudi Arabia urges urgent Arab League meeting on Iran

His comments came after French President Emmanuel Macron urged firmness with Iran regarding its missile program and influence in the Middle East, in an interview with the United Arab Emirates-based al-Ittihad newspaper.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi demanded that France remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to matters of the Middle East and Gulf regions, according to a ministry statement released Saturday. "There is no direct link between nuclear and ballistic programs of Iran in the text [of the agreement]", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in October.

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

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", said Qassemi brushing aside the French leader's request, adding that "other issues will not be allowed to be added to it (the deal)".

Trump announced last month that he will no longer certify Iran's compliance, despite the United Nations nuclear agency's reports verifying Iran's full commitment.

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

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

Iran inked the deal with Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the United States.

Iran has vehemently ruled out any negotiation on its missile program which it deems as an inseparable plank of its national security, meant for defense and deterrence.

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