Tehran vi­o­lated arms em­bargo in Ye­men: UN

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Unitednations:iran­hasvi­o­lated a UN arms em­bargo by fail­ing to block sup­plies to Ye­men’s Houthi rebels of bal­lis­tic mis­siles that were ired at Saudi Ara­bia, a UN panel of ex­perts says, bol­ster­ing US and Saudi claims of Tehran’s mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in Ye­men.

The re­port seen by AFP on Fri­day does not iden­tify the sup­plier but makes clear that mis­sile de­bris in­spected by the ex­perts were of Iranian ori­gin.

“The panel has iden­ti­ied mis­sile rem­nants, re­lated mil­i­tary equip­ment and mil­i­tary un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles that are of Iranian ori­gin and were in­tro­duced into Ye­men af­ter the im­po­si­tion of the tar­geted arms em­bargo” in 2015, said the re­port to the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“As a re­sult, the panel inds that the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran is in non­com­pli­ance with para­graph 14 of res­o­lu­tion 2216” that im­posed the ban on arms sales to Ye­men, said the 79-page re­port pre­sented on Tues­day.

Iran has strongly de­nied arm­ing the Houthis and last month ac­cused US Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley of pre­sent­ing “fab­ri­cated” ev­i­dence that a Nov.4 mis­sile ired at Riyadh air­port was Iranian-made.

Ha­ley told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in De­cem­ber that the United States will push for ac­tion against Iran over the mis­sile at­tacks tar­get­ing its ally, but Rus­sia quickly sig­naled that it would not en­dorse such plans.

The mis­sile at­tack on Riyadh air­port “changed the tenor of the conlict, and has the po­ten­tial to turn a lo­cal conlict into a broader re­gional one,” the ex­perts warned.

The panel also said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Iran had sent “ad­vis­ers” to help the Houthis in their war against the Saudi-led coali­tion. The UN ex­perts trav­elled to Saudi Ara­bia in Novem­ber and again last month to in­spect the rem­nants of mis­siles ired by the Houthis in May, July, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

They found that de­sign fea­tures of the mis­sile de­bris were “con­sis­tent with those of the Iranian-de­signed and man­u­fac­tured Qiam-1 mis­sile” and “almost cer­tainly pro­duced by the same man­u­fac­turer.”

The drones were “vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal in de­sign” to that of an Iranian-made UAV man­u­fac­tured by the Iranian Air­craft Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­tries (Hesa), said the re­port.

Iran “failed to take the nec­es­sary mea­sures to pre­vent the di­rect or in­di­rect sup­ply, sale or trans­fer” to the Houthis of the mis­siles, stor­age tanks for pro­pel­lant and drones, it con­cluded.

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