In this excerpt from a recent interview broadcast on Russia Today, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif again claims, despite all the well-documented evidence to the contrary, that the Iranian regime is not providing the Houthi insurgents in Yemen with ballistic missiles.
The Iranian FM tells the interviewer, “What we’ve heard from our intelligence is that the Houthis – the Yemenis, not just the Houthis – the Yemeni army, which received a lot of weapons from many countries, during the presidency of the late Ali Abdullah Saleh, including from Russia, has the capability to develop those, to modify those, to increase their accuracy or range domestically. They do not need to receive them from Iran and they have made it very clear that we do not provide them with them.”
The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on December 20th that a ballistic missile fired at Saudi Arabia by the Houthi group the previous day “bears all the hallmarks of previous attacks using Iranian-provided weapons”, as she pushed the UN Security Council to act to prevent further attacks.
While Saudi air defenses shot down the latest ballistic missile to be fired at the country by the Houthis before it could reach the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with no reported casualties or damage, the incident has once again increased concerns over Iran’s missile program and regional belligerence. Haley said that the UNSC could strengthen the provisions of its current resolution which subjects the Tehran regime to a UN arms embargo, as well as other restrictions which are technically not part of the nuclear deal.