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Yemen fired Iranian missile at Saudis

A still image taken from a pro Houthi video shows what it says was the launch by Houthi forces in Yemen of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadh's King Khaled Airport

Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia had blamed Iran for a missile strike on its soil from neighboring Yemen and had said there would be a response "in the appropriate time and manner".

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to the call of the French President to hold talks on the country's ballistic missile program, firmly rejecting the idea and noting that it is exclusively defensive in nature.

But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected that possibility. "So we should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region", he said, adding that Iran's role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen "destabilizes a lot of people and the whole region".

Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons. He raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

"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", Qassemi said, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

Saudi Arabia and its allies also accuse Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out in 2015.

Qassemi said the French president and officials know very well that leveling such accusations against Iran is not in conformity with the realities on the ground in the Middle East in recent decades.

While U.S. President Donald Trump decertified the agreement and imposed sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Saudi Arabia has also confirmed the launch, saying, however, that its air defense intercepted the missile, bringing it down north of the airport.

The United States Congress now has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.