UN States Two Missile Launchers Found In Yemen Might Be From Iran

December 12, 2018

A Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen has retrieved two launch units for anti-tank guided missiles. According to a classified UN report, it seems that these two missiles have been made in Iran during the 2016 and 2017 period.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres didn’t explicitly asserted whether the finding of the units in Yemen was a breach of a U.N. resolution, which came into effect from January 2016. The resolution bars Iran from importing and exporting arms or any other materiel unless the Security Council gives its consent.

The U.N. penalties and restrictions on Iran are incorporated in a judgment that also contains the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which the U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out Washington in May. European powers have been struggling hard to save the deal.

Guterres in a statement stated that the Secretariat observed that the missiles had the traits of Iranian manufacture and that the markings pointed out production dates in 2016 and 2017. He made this statement in his biannual report to the Security Council on the enforcement of sanctions on Iran.

He further mentioned in his report that the Secretariat also checked and inspected a partly dismantled surface-to-air missile confiscated by the Saudi-led coalition and noticed that its characteristics seem to be persistent with that of the Iranian missile.

Guterres also stated that the United Nations had investigated the debris of three more ballistic missiles which were fired at Saudi Arabia on 25th March and 11th April, 2018, and discovered exact key design features uniform with the Iranian Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile.

A proxy war is taking place in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition mediated in 2015, supporting the government forces contending the Iran-allied Houthis. The Houthis have been subject to a separate arms ban since 2015. However, Iran has constantly denied of furnishing weapons to the Houthis.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to talk on the latest report from Guterres on Wednesday.

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