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US Seizes Iranian Weapons Bound for Houthis

US Seizes Iranian Weapons Bound for Houthis

Friday, 14 February, 2020 - 05:15
Washington - Asharq Al-Awsat

A US Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian "design and manufacture" aboard an Iranian traditional sailing vessel, the American military said on Thursday.

In a statement, the military said the guided-missile cruiser Normandy boarded the dhow in the Arabian Sea on Sunday.

"The weapons seized include 150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs," the statement said.

"Other weapons components seized aboard the dhow were of Iranian design and manufacture and included three Iranian surface-to-air missiles," it said.

The military said that the weapons seized on Sunday were "identical" to those seized by another US warship in November.

Last year, the guided-missile destroyer Forrest Sherman seized advanced missile parts - believed to be linked to Iran and aimed for delivery to Yemen’s Houthis militias - from a boat it had stopped in the Arabian Sea.

In recent years, US warships have intercepted and seized Iranian arms bound for the Houthis.

Under a United Nations resolution, Tehran is prohibited from supplying, selling or transferring weapons outside the country.

A separate UN resolution on Yemen bans the supply of weapons to Houthi leaders.

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