Rouhani Says Saudi Arabia Should Stop Backing 'Terrorists' In Yemen – TV

Rouhani Says Saudi Arabia Should Stop Backing 'Terrorists' In Yemen – TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the country's Sunni rival Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists" in Yemen's war during an interview with state TV on Tuesday (August 29).

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for influence in the Middle East, also supporting rival groups in Syria's civil war.

“Our problem with Saudi Arabia is not the problem between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the problem is Saudi's intervention in Yemen and their support of the terrorist groups,” Rouhani noted.

Rouhani also said Iran would not breach the nuclear deal but would reciprocate if the United States violates the pact.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the nuclear pact -- negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama -- "the worst deal ever". In April, he ordered a review of whether a suspension of nuclear sanctions on Iran was in the U.S. interest.