Saudi calls for emergency meeting of GCC, Arab leaders over recent attacks

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Both sides have said they do not want a war.

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has warned against dragging Iraq into any possible military conflict between the US and Iran. It's where the US embassy and the main headquarters for combating the Islamic State Saturday.

BAGHDAD - A rocket was sacked in Iraqi capital Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

The Iraq military said the Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone, near the Monument of the Unknown Soldier.

He said Iran took this step because the US had ended a program allowing it to exchange enriched uranium to Russian Federation for unprocessed yellowcake uranium, as well as ending the sale of heavy water to Oman. "Never threaten the United States again!" he tweeted.

The appeal came as US President Donald Trump also softened his rhetoric on Iran.

Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the USA over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter.

The US embassy is seen in the heavily fortified green zone in central Baghdad, Iraq. The rocket landed near the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, which lies in open ground round 500m north of the United States embassy.

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But a police source told AFP that "initial reports indicate that the rocket was sacked from an open field" in southern Baghdad. The area is home to Iran-backed Shiite militias.

In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region.

The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier strike group ordered to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged, unspecified threat from Iran.

The US military command that oversees the Mideast confirmed the explosion and said there were no US or coalition casualties.

The deal aimed to cut sanctions on Iran in exchange for an end to its nuclear programme, but the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement a year ago.

The meetings are meant to discuss the escalating crisis in the region.

And soon after Falahat Pishe's call for dialogue, Iran's supreme national council, headed by President Hassan Rouhani, said "remarks by an individual should not be taken as a statement of policy", according to Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi.

Early Tuesday, Saudi Arabia said the Houthis targeted civilian infrastructure in the kingdom's border city of Najran, without elaborating. Oil is now trading above $70 a barrel and closer to what's needed to balance state budgets among Persian Gulf producers.

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss implications of the attacks.

The statement comes after Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ordering the attacks against the two Saudi oil pumping stations at Yanbu, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

In a taped interview that aired Sunday on Fox News, Trump said: "I just don't want them to have nuclear weapons and they can't be threatening us". "The ball is in Iran's court and Iran should determine what the path will be".

"We have some indications and we will make the announcements once the investigations are complete", he said.

Despite global scepticism, the United States government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and also a rival of U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

A senior Iranian military commander was similarly quoted as saying his country is not looking for war, in comments published in Iranian media on Sunday.

"The U.S. political system is full of cracks".

The Mehr news agency quoted Iranian army chief warning the USA against miscalculations.

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