France expresses concern over Iranian violations of Houthi arms embargo

France expresses concern over Iranian violations of Houthi arms embargo

In the meantime, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed as "baseless" recent claims that the Islamic Republic has provided the Yemeni movement with ballistic missiles, saying the "childish" scenario aims to whitewash the crimes of aggressors in Yemen.

Russian Federation is opposing a bid by the United States and its allies to include language "condemning" Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo imposed on Yemeni rebels in a UN resolution renewing that embargo this month.

Russian Federation has voiced opposition to a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, drafted by Western powers, on renewing anti-Yemen sanctions, which also seeks a "condemnation" of Iran for allegations of violating an arms embargo on the war-torn Arabian Peninsula state. "So we should concentrate on extending the working group first", he said.

"It condemns the serious non-compliance with the obligations of Resolution 2216 which the Iranian authorities have committed by not taking all the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of missiles and their components, and drones to individuals and entities subject to United Nations sanctions, particularly the Houthis", the statement read.

The Security Council is expected to vote on the draft resolution next week, as the existing arms embargo is due to expire on February 26.

"Saudi Arabia will not win a war from the air and the certainty of its defeat is underlined by the small scale of the Saudi forces on the ground in Yemen", Mitchell said.

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His comments will be seen as significant as Britain, along with the United States, is offering military support to the Saudi-led coalition which has been bombing Yemen since 2015 in a fight against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

The report found that Iran had failed to block the transfer of ballistic missiles to the Houthis, the same model of missile was later fired on King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital Riyadh last November.

While Iran openly backs the Huthis, it has denied arming them.

He says that Theresa May must use the upcoming United Kingdom visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March to effect change in Saudi policy over the conflict which has been described as one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

During his first trip to Saudi Arabia a year ago, US President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, with options to sell up to $350 billion over a decade.

Tehran has on numerous occasions called on the Saudi regime and the coalition of its allies to end the war and allow Yemen's political groups to resolve their internal conflict through intra-Yemeni dialog.

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