US condemns ballistic missile attack over Riyadh

The US has strongly condemned a ballistic missile attack over Riyadh which Saudi Arabia claimed was launched from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said, the US remains deeply disturbed by the aggressive Houthi actions supported by Iran’s provision of advanced weapons, which threaten regional security and prolong the Yemen conflict.

She said, the US calls on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stop arming and enabling the Houthis’ violent actions against Yemen’s neighbours, including Saudi Arabia.

Ms Nauert asserted that a political solution is the only way to advance a long-term stability in Yemen and end the suffering of the Yemeni people.

She urged all parties to immediately cease hostilities, avoid retaliatory measures and return to political negotiations under the auspices of the UN.