Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Abe heads to Tehran to try and ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Abe heads to Tehran to try and ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Three women and two children were among 26 people injured in a projectile attack on arrivals hall at Abha International Airport by the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias early Wednesday morning.

Saudi Arabia's civil aviation body told Reuters air traffic was now running normally at the airport.

Malki described the incident as a terrorist attack on a civilian target that could be considered a war crime.

Al Malki concluded by saying that coalition forces will take urgent and timely measures to deter the militias from carrying out further attacks.

Two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia were hit by Houthi drones in May causing minor supply disruptions highlighting an apparent significant leap in the drone capabilities of the Houthis. While President Donald Trump says he wants to talk to Tehran, the United States has piled on sanctions that have seen Iran's rial currency plummet along with its crucial oil exports.

Strains between Washington and Tehran have sharply increased in recent weeks, a year after the United States abandoned a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. "The most modern American systems could not intercept the missile", he said in comments carried by the group's media centre. In March 2018 an Egyptian was killed in the capital Riyadh by missile shrapnel.

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Speaking at Tokyo's Haneda Airport just before departing, Abe acknowledged "rising tensions" in the Middle East and said, "Japan wants to do as much as possible towards peace and stability in the region".

The Houthi group last month stepped up its attacks following a lull past year ahead of UN-led peace efforts.

Iran threatened in May that in 60 days it would resume enrichment of uranium beyond the low fissile purity - suitable for civilian nuclear power generation - allowed under the deal, unless other powers signed up to it found a way to protect Iran's oil and banking industries from US sanctions.

Mr Sufa said Mr Abe had spoken to US President Donald Trump on the telephone to discuss the Iran crisis.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Tehran represents the highest-level effort yet to de-escalate tensions between the USA and Iran as the country appears poised to break the 2015 nuclear deal it struck with world powers that America earlier abandoned. More than 22 million people in Yemen are desperate for humanitarian aid and protection.

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