It is a well-known fact in Middle-East politics that Iran has been funding and supporting sectarian militias in Yemen and Lebanon for years.

The close relations between the Houthi group and Iran go back to many years. Recent history confirms this. The government of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh accused Iran of supporting the Houthi group ten years ago. Many Yemeni official statements had been made about Iranian ships smuggling arms to the Houthi group at the time. Former Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi also called in 2009 on Iran to stop supporting the Houthis militarily.

The relationship between the Houthi group and the Iranian mullahs is not just ideological; it has security and military aspects too. The Iranian regime has been planning for many years to create another Hezbollah in Yemen. The plan was to use it in proxy wars so that Iran could expand its regional influence and build a strategic siege around the GCC.

Of course, that's no news to politicians. But the real surprise is Iran's insistence on denying its military support to the Houthis, although this group has neither the know-how nor the technology to produce medium-range ballistic missiles.

But the Houthis wouldn't acknowledge this and claimed they actually developed the weapons.

Regardless of what they said, the time has come to deal directly with this source of threat.

The Houthis also committed a major strategic mistake. When they launched the missile, they expected a similar reaction, but the Saudi reaction was firm in accusing Iran of being involved in declaring war against Saudi Arabia .

The decision makers in the kingdom know that the Houthis receive direct instructions from the Iranians, who do not understand the gravity of a full-scale war in the region. But pointing the finger to the responsible was the right decision to make against the expansionist agenda of Iran.

The recent escalation in the Iranian rhetoric started with Rouhani’s statements when he claimed Iran has a say in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and North Africa. Then came Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to announce from Beirut that Lebanon has become a satellite state of Iran, saying that it will “protect the stability” of Lebanon.

Now, Saudi Arabia knows that Iran is the main instigator of chaos in Yemen and other countries in the region. So the Iranian influence in the region, from Iraq to Yemen, must be stopped.

In the long-term conflict, Iran resorted to Shi'ism to attract supporters and sympathizers, but underneath all of this are Persian nationalist aspirations.

The ball is now in the court of the international community. The world must act in the face of the Iranian threat to an entire region and to the global balance of power. The danger of the Iranian arsenal far exceeds that posed by terrorist organizations.