UN Investigates if Iran Supplied the Weapons Seized by U.S. Navy Close to Yemen
The UN inspectors are examining over 2,500 AK-47 rifles and various other guns which have been seized by the U.S. crew destroyers off the Yemen coast for deciding on if these weapons had actually originated from Somalia or Iran. The U.S. authorities have said that they invited UN inspectors on board on 25th October for determining if the weapons offer the proof that Iran has been smuggling arms to Shi’ite Huthi rebels who are battling against the Yemeni government in the 4 year civil war. However, Iran has denied having provided the weapons.
In the debate with United Nations, the United States has constantly charged Iran with illegal smuggling weaponds to Huthis for the violation of the resolution against arming Huthis. Yet, the patrolling U.S. forces around Yemen has seized only few weapon caches like the one which had been seized by USS Jason Dunham in August.
commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, the Vice Admiral Scott Stearney said that it is one big traffic corridor as he spoke about the Gulf of Aden and various other waterways around Yemen. Stearny is declined when he was asked if Iran had been responsible for the weapons that had been seized by the crew of Dunham. He said that the UN inspectors are experts of illicit weapons from Yemen, Iran, and Somalia.
The crew of U.S. destroyer while patrolling the region in the month of August noticed the large bags that were being transferred from the dhow around 70 miles off the Yemen coast into the small skiff. A dhow is actually a conventional ship which commonly sails the water of Persian Gulf region. Their Navy ship had intercepted the skiff and by talking to the crew they decided that they had been smuggling weapons.