Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 10 /Trend/
The United States is commending Yemen for seizing a ship loaded with Iranian-supplied weapons apparently headed for rebels in the north, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland's statement reads.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Saturday a Yemeni government investigation shows the weapons were loaded onto the vessel in Iran. "According to Yemeni government officials, their initial investigation has revealed that the vessel was carrying a large shipment of explosives, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, IED precursors, and most disturbingly, man-portable anti-aircraft missiles. These weapons are clearly designed to cause significant damage with the highest possible number of casualties and are a threat to both Yemen and the region. Paragraph 5 of UNSCR 1747 expressly prohibits Iran from exporting arms and related material, and, in light of this evidence, the United States encourages the UN Sanctions Committee to respond immediately to the Yemeni Government's request to send a Panel of Experts to examine the seized weapons and bring its findings to the Security Council", - statement reads.
The State Department says the origin of the ship and its cargo underscores Iran's ongoing evasion of six U.N. Security Council resolutions banning Iran from selling weapons.
Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at email@example.com