France accuses Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels

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It also demonstrates the destructive role played by Iran in Yemen by smuggling missiles to the terrorist militias to be used against civilians in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the Minister stated.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied on Tuesday Saudi accusations that Tehran has provided the Houthi movement in Yemen with ballistic capabilities, a day after a Houthi missile hit the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The Minister of State, Cabinet's member and Acting Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session that the Cabinet praised US President Donald Trump's appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, upon his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, and Minister of Defense during his current official visit to the US.

Saudi Arabia sharpened its rhetoric against Tehran after Saudi forces shot down a flurry of missiles launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Saudi cities late on Sunday. They nabbed over 31 terabytes of data and fed it back to the Iranian military. While liked by some diplomats during his term, he irritated many others with his strong-arm approach to diplomacy.

"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 worldwide peace and security", they claimed in the joint statement. This is the only way to stop the Houthis and the Iranian Regime from taking hold of Yemen.

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Iran basically believes in no other solution than a political one to the conflict in Yemen, Khoshrou said. "He tried to convince me that Israel should attack Iran".

"They may make similar moves in order to be seen to be doing something, but it won't really change the dynamics of the conflict", said Jane Kinninmont, Middle East expert at Chatham House in London.

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.

The United Nations says more than 10,000 people have died in the war, and 22.2 million Yemenis - three-quarters of the population - need relief aid.

But an intensification of the Yemen conflict and certainly an escalation to direct conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia could scare off foreign investors.