DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - A Yemen rebel drone strike this week on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of similar assault, including an under-construction nuclear power plant and Dubai International Airport, among the world's busiest. U.N. investigators said the Houthis' new UAV-X drone, found in recent months during the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen, likely has a range of up to 1,500 km (930 miles). That puts the far reaches of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the two main opponents of the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen, within reach of drones difficult to detect and track. Their relatively simple design, coupled with readily available information online, makes targeting even easier, analysts say. "These installations are easily findable, like on Google Earth," said Tim Michetti, an expert on illicit weapons technology with experience in Yemen.
Both the UAE and neighboring Saudi Arabia remain highly suspicious of the nuclear deal, which saw economic sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for it limiting its enrichment of uranium. The two Gulf Arab countries say that new money flowing into Iran has aided its ability to back Shiite militias in Iraq and support embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Britain has backed a "vitally important" nuclear deal with Iran, after Israel and the US accused the Iranians of pursuing atomic weapons. Israel claimed it had evidence showing Iran covertly sought nuclear weapons - an accusation rejected by Iran. The US said Israel's claims are "consistent" with its own intelligence. Six nations signed an accord in 2015 lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for the Iranian's abandoning a nuclear weapon programme. Iran said it only sought nuclear energy, not weapons.
Ali Motahari, the vice chairman of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, in his interview with Sputnik News, said Iran won't accept a new nuclear agreement. Motahari said Iran will not consider changes in The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is the agreement that determines Iran's nuclear activity. "Iran considers the negotiation process to be completed and will not accept any changes or amendments to JCPOA or conclude a new agreement. We are working exclusively on the basis of the JCPOA," he said. Motahari also spoke about collaboration of Iranian and European companies if the U.S. exits the Iranian deal.