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Iran blames Yemen war on British

26th February 2018 - 12:35 GMT | by ​Agence France-Presse in Tehran


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Iran has rejected Western claims that it was arming Huthi rebels in Yemen, saying the conflict was instead the result of British and US arm supplies to Saudi Arabia.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, said: ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran wants an end to the aggression in Yemen by Saudi Arabia. What is happening in Yemen is the result of the export of British and American weapons to Saudi Arabia and such behaviour is unacceptable.’

 A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen almost daily since 2015 as itattempts to dislodge Huthi rebels who seized control of the capital, in a conflict that has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the United Nations.

A UN report in January said Tehran had breached an arms embargo by failing to stop weapons reaching the Huthis.

 According to the report,  a missile fired into Saudi Arabia in 2017  by the Huthis was made in Iran, though it was unable to definitively identify the supplier.

 A UN resolution drafted by Britain called for ‘additional measures’ against Iran over the report.

Ghasemi said:  ‘This resolution, if adopted, would provide support to the aggressor. Such resolutions do not help the situation in Yemen and are an effort by the British government to use international mechanisms to create supportive climate for the aggressor.’

Russia, which is allied with Iran in the Syria war, maintains that the UN report's findings are not conclusive enough to justify action against Iran.

It presented a rival resolution on 24 February, extending sanctions on Yemen but without any reference to possible action targeting Tehran.

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