Saudi Arabia, Gulf Allies Join Israel in Backing US Iran Move

Bahrain, Saudi back US decision By: dt news   , Posted on 09-May-2018

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said Saudi air defences hours earlier had also intercepted a ballistic missile originating from Yemen and targeting Saudi Arabia's southern city of Jizan.

"All potential violations of worldwide humanitarian law should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible for violations must be held accountable", added the statement.

The Houthis, who are allied with Iran, control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, and have fired dozens of missiles across the border at Saudi Arabia. Such behaviour is unacceptable. "We will find the right way and at the right time to respond to this ..." This amounts to a declaration of war'. While the Gulf states may want to see the USA and Israel try to cut Iran to size, I don't think they want to get dragged into a direct confrontation themselves.

A other looming debacle is whether the U.S. pullout from the Iran deal could trigger a nuclear arms race.

"Speaking to Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear, Kevin Kamps, the radioactive waste watchdog at the organization Beyond Nuclear, called Trump's decision to part ways with the nuke deal "the worst broken deal ever".

"The Omani, Qatari, and Kuwaiti governments have all sought to maintain pragmatic relations - economic more than political - with Iran", said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute.

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While Trump's decision has pleased allies in Israel and Persian Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, it pits the United States against its closest European allies, leaves the future of Tehran's nuclear ambitions in question and raises the prospects of a regional arms race.

Energy-rich Saudi Arabia, a fierce regional foe of Iran's, is already seeking USA help in starting a nuclear program of its own, giving rise to concerns that it might be trying to compete with Iran's nuclear program and create its own nuclear weapons program.

Riyadh has long accused its regional archfoe Tehran of supplying Yemen's rebels with ballistic missiles, a charge Tehran denies.

For Saudi Arabia, that is "fine" because it means the return of sanctions and ratcheting up pressure on Iran in the region, including by Israel.

Iran has ruled out renegotiating the accord and threatened to retaliate, although it has not said exactly how, if Washington pulled out.

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