A research study conducted by the US Department of Defense hailed Iran’s achievements in its ballistic missiles program despite decades of Washington-imposed sanctions, saying its arsenal is larger than that of any other Middle Eastern countries.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described the latest US move to send troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia as "posturing," adding that it was difficult for Washington to explain why its missile systems were unable to intercept Yemeni weapons used in last week's attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying US Patriot missiles with President Donald Trump this month, saying his personal bond with the US leader could overcome a crisis caused by Ankara buying Russian air defense systems.
In a retaliatory action, Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran.
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have voiced radically different opinions over North Korea’s recent missile tests, which have overshadowed speculations about a possible revival of denuclearization talks on the Korean Peninsula.