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Khoshrou went on to say, "It is not the first time Saudi Arabia enters into correspondence against Iran in order to cover up its defeats in Yemen, and the worldwide community is well aware of this fact".

The Minister also pointed out that the Cabinet praised the success of the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces in intercepting and destroying ballistic missiles fired indiscriminately by Houthis from Yemeni territories to target civilian and populated areas in the Kingdom.

Saudi King Salman, in comments carried by state media, pledged on Tuesday to "firmly and decisively thwart any hostile attempts" targeting the kingdom's security and stability.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 in a campaign to restore its internationally recognised government after it was driven into exile by Houthi forces.

"Americans are pushing for harder policies towards the Islamic Republic of Iran and we need to strengthen our view towards the East, especially China and Russia", Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told ISNA news agency, according to Reuters.

Iran has repeatedly denied giving missiles to the Houthis. While liked by some diplomats during his term, he irritated many others with his strong-arm approach to diplomacy.

The senior Iranian official added that the Saudi regime should "abandon adventurism and warmongering and engage in constructive political dialog with Yemen, which is its neighbor, while respecting the people's rights".

The Yemen conflict pits a coalition of Western-friendly states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthis, who are sympathetic to Iran but deny being a pawn of its Shi'ite Muslim theocracy.

This criminal aggression by the Tehran-backed Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the insurgents in clear violation of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231, he said.

Iran rejected the groundless claims, with its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) saying the accusations are aimed at diverting attention from Riyadh's war crimes in Yemen. If not for them, who knows what danger Iran would have been able to inflict on the other people of the Middle East. "He tried to convince me that Israel should strike Iran".

Analysts said that while a direct Saudi-Iranian showdown is unlikely, miscalculation remains a risk.

Rashed wrote: "The situation would have been frightening; much worse and more serious for both Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and would have caused a wider war than the one we have witnessed in the past 36 months".

In a Tuesday statement, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that the Saudi rulers can not cover up their repeated defeats in Yemen by levelling accusations against others.

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