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.
North Korea has warned against a potential move by the United States to deploy ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in South Korea, saying such a move would spark “a new Cold War” between the regional powers.
The United States and Russia ripped up a Cold War-era missile pact on Friday in a move that raised the spectre of an arms race between the global superpowers. The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty limited the use of medium-range missiles, both conventional and nuclear.