United States presents evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen
December 15. 2017 12:54AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.
The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis.
Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with such weaponry and on Thursday described the arms displayed as “fabricated.”
The United States acknowledged it could not say precisely when the weapons were transferred to the Houthis, and, in some cases, could not say when they were used. There was no immediate way to independently verify where the weapons were made or employed.
But U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley expressed confidence the transfers could be blamed on Tehran.
“These are Iranian made, these are Iranian sent, and these were Iranian given,” Haley said.
All of the recovered weapons were provided to the United States by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.