Saudi Claims of Iran Smuggling Missiles to Yemen Unfounded: UN Ambassador

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  • 11:50 AM, April 2, 2018
  • 2013
Saudi Claims of Iran Smuggling Missiles to Yemen Unfounded: UN Ambassador
Houthi missile intercepted by Saudi Arabia (Image: CNN)

Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou has dismissed Saudi Arabia’s claims that Iran has provided missiles to Yemen as ‘illusion’ and ‘unfounded’.

“Accusing Iran of providing or smuggling ballistic missiles to one of the parties to the conflict in Yemen is nothing but an attempt to conceal the brutal and unlawful aggression in Yemen and the extremely appalling situation caused by such aggression,” Khoshrou was quoted as saying by Fars news in a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Security Council chief Karel Jan Gustaff van Oosterom on Thursday.

Riyadh regime has repeatedly used the scenario to divert attention from its ongoing atrocities against Yemeni people, Khoshrou said.

The letter came days after the Saudi envoy to the UN Abdallah al-Moullimi wrote to the world body, claiming that Iran should be held accountable for supplying Yemen’s Ansarullah movement with missiles to target Saudi soil.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has been waging a bloody war on Yemen for three years, recently displayed wreckage of what it called fragments of missiles recently fired from Yemen, and claimed forensic analysis showed they were supplied by Iran.

The coalition’s spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, accused Iran of being behind multiple Yemeni retaliatory missile attacks on the kingdom and threatened the Islamic Republic with retaliation.

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