Iran is the leading nation supporting Muslim terrorism around the world. Just think what they would be doing if they had a nuke arsenal.
Yemen claims vessel smuggling anti-aircraft missiles is Iranian
Sunday, 03 February 2013
By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES
Yemen confirmed on Saturday a ship intercepted last month off its coast was an Iranian vessel trying to smuggle explosives and surface-to-air missiles to the country, the state news agency Saba reported.
Officials in Washington said earlier this week that the seizure of the ship on January 23 had been coordinated with the U.S. Navy and the intercepted shipment was believed to have been from Iran and destined for insurgents, likely to be Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels mainly based in northern Yemen.
Saba quoted a source at Yemen’s higher security committee as saying the weapons including Russian-designed SAM 2 and SAM 3 anti-aircraft missiles, were hidden inside four containers concealed by a diesel tank with a capacity of 100,000 litres.
“The source said that the ship, with its cargo, was handed over to eight Yemeni crew memebers in Iran to then deliver it to Yemeni shores,” Saba said. The agency said the weapons were now being unloaded, sorted and the crew questioned.
“The results will be published after the contents of the ship are unloaded and sorted,” it added.
Gulf Arab governments and Sunni clerical allies accuse Tehran of backing co-religionist communities around the region, and Sanaa has also accused the Islamic republic of trying to meddle in Yemeni affairs.
Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi snubbed a visiting Iranian envoy last year to signal “displeasure” after Sanaa said it uncovered an Iranian-led spy ring in the capital.
A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that the seizure of the ship demonstrates “ever pernicious Iranian meddling in other countries in the region”.
Iran denies any interference in Yemen’s affairs.