By G9ija

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Sunday its support to international efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, which would pose a threat to the region and world.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed the Kingdom’s grave concern over Iran’s violations that stand in contrast to its statements that its nuclear program served peaceful purposes.

“The nuclear deal, with all its shortcomings, was not respected by Iran,” he said during a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg.

“We are seeking a longer term and stronger agreement,” he went on to say.

Iran must be more positive in its approach and new deal must be sustainable and Tehran’s program must be peaceful, he urged.

On Yemen, Prince Faisal said his country had presented a ceasefire initiative earlier this year, but the Iran-backed Houthi militias completely disregard the interests of the Yemeni people.

The Kingdom will work with the new United Nations envoy and its European and American partners in order to reach a settlement in Yemen, he stressed.

The priority lies in achieving peace and this depends on the Houthis, he added.

Unfortunately, the militias have rejected the Saudi initiative and continue to attack civilians in Marib, he noted.

The militias want the military solution and they have carried out attacks against Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport. They have also attempted to attack al-Dammam, he remarked.

“Saudi Arabia reserves the right to defend its security. It will not hesitate in appropriately retaliating to the attacks,” stressed the FM.

For his part, Schallenberg vehemently condemned the Houthis for attempting to attack Saudi Arabia with missiles, while hailing Riyadh’s role in resolving the Yemeni crisis, as well as its role in the entire region.

On Iran, he said his country and the world have yet to receive positive signals from Tehran over the nuclear file.

Rather, “the signals we are receiving from the new Iranian administration are not encouraging,” he remarked, hoping that the Vienna nuclear negotiations will resume.