Reports says that the ballistic missile launched Saturday night flew near Riyadh's international airport before Saudi officials say they shot it down.
France Blames Iran For Yemen Missile Attack
President of France Emmanuel Macron on Thursday blamed Iran for an attack in which Shiite rebels in Yemen launching a ballistic missile that targeted Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, the Associated Press reported.
"The missile which was intercepted by Saudi Arabia launched from Yemen, which obviously is an Iranian missile, shows precisely the strength of their ballistic activities," he said.
Speaking at a news conference in Dubai, Macron said that while he still supported the country's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a new agreement needed to be reached over its missile program.
"We need to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal (with Iran) because if we were to walk away from it, it would lead to either immediate war or an absence of control which would inevitably lead to a North Korean-situation, which I could not accept," he added.
Macron also announced a surprise trip Thursday night to Saudi Arabia, saying he wanted to speak to the kingdom's young, assertive crown prince about the war in Yemen and Iran.
According to the Associated Press report, Iranian state media did not immediately report the remarks.
Iranian officials, while backing the Shiite rebels known as Houthis in Yemen, have denied directly arming them, the report said.
The ballistic missile launched Saturday night flew near Riyadh's international airport before Saudi officials say they shot it down.