Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Hezbollah, with Iranian support, of launching a missile on Saturday that targeted its capital of Riyadh, declaring the move as a potential “act of war.”
In an interview with CNN, Jubeir said that “the missile launched from Yemen to Riyadh is an Iranian missile launched by Hezbollah, an area occupied by the Houthi rebels.”
“It could be considered as an act of war,” he added.
Afterwards, Jubeir tweeted that Iran is destabilizing the Middle East and vowed to protect his country’s national security.
“Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighboring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement on our national security,” he wrote, adding, “The kingdom reserves the right to respond in a timely manner to the hostile actions of the Iranian regime.”
The statement by the Saudi foreign minister come amid a tumultuous time both domestically and internationally for the kingdom. Last weekend, a campaign of mass arrests of Saudi royals, ministers and businessmen was launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who experts believe is attempting to consolidate power. Additionally, during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday announced his resignation as the country’s leader, and accused Iran and Hezbollah of plotting his assassination as well as fueling conflict throughout the Middle East.