Arab League Stresses Need to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh on April 29 ahead of the lifting of a ban in June. Yousef Doubisi  AFP

Maliki blamed the attack on "militiamen and terrorists, vassals of Iran" who try to "threaten the security of Saudi Arabia, the region and the world".

Recently, a Yemeni commander said entire Saudi Arabia, including its capital, are within the striking range of Yemen's homegrown missiles, warning the Al Saud regime that keeping the massacre of Yemenis would turn its vessels and oil facilities in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait into military targets.

The 2015 accord among the U.S., Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union provided sanctions relief to Tehran in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

"Every couple of days, we have missiles coming from Yemen and we see evidence that they are made by Iran ..."

The United States by exiting the Iran nuclear agreement has now essentially outsourced U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East to both Israel and Saudi Arabia, analysts told Sputnik.

Riyadh and Tel Aviv have been working covertly to normalize ties and form an alliance against Iran based on their opposition to the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the Islamic Republic's growing regional influence. Authorities said they had intercepted two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting to oust the Iran-aligned Houthi movement from the capital and large parts of the country. However, it provides a golden opportunity for the Trump administration to bolster nuclear negotiations with another Middle Eastern State, Saudi Arabia.

Trump complained that the deal did not address Iran's ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria. The South Asian nation's imports from Saudi Arabia were up 1.9% to about 811,000 bpd, but the big mover was imports from Iraq, up a massive 45% to 1.13-million bpd.

A ministry statement called for Arab participation in any future dialogue on regional issues "especially that which is related to the possibility of amending the nuclear deal with Iran". "But that the Iranians can think "today we will play with the long game" and play with hardball here", he added.

Global peace activist and expert on the medical dangers of nuclear energy, Dr. Helen Caldicott, told Sputnik that she expected Tehran to continue honoring its commitments under the 2015 nuclear accord.

In fact, Iran has remained compliant under the conditions of the JCPOA as verified by the IAEA in 11 reports since January 2016 - a reality US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo even admitted during his confirmation hearings. "The consequences could be severe", said Joost Hiltermann, program director, Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group.



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