White House condemns missile attacks against Saudi Arabia

Li Jiayao

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Wednesday condemned the recent missile attacks against Saudi Arabia from Yemen, saying Iran was behind the attacks.

In a statement, the White House said it welcomes Saudi Arabia's statement accusing Iran's support for Houthi militias in Yemen, which included the supply of illegal arms such as ballistic missiles.

The United States condemned such activities, saying it will "stand with Saudi Arabia and all our Gulf partners" against "the blatant violations of international law."

The White House explained that the missile systems were not present in Yemen before the conflict, calling upon the United Nations to conduct a thorough investigation.

The United States also called for the prohibition of Iran from exporting all arms and related materiel and specifically ballistic missile-related items.

Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia undermined the UN efforts to negotiate an end to the conflict, said the White House, adding Washington seeks a negotiated settlement to the conflict and the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.

The United States will continue to respond to these attacks and "expose the Iranian regime's destabilizing activities in the region," said the statement.

In a related development, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged Saudi Arabia to cease what he called their "hostile" policies towards the Islamic republic, Press TV reported.

Rouhani said Iran supports development of regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, adding that "there is no way other than brotherhood, friendship and helping each other."

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