TEHRAN (Press Shia) – An Iranian lawmaker affirmed that Tehran backs the Yemeni army and nation, but rejected US accusation that Iran provides Yemen with missiles and emphasized that Yemenis employ their own weapons.
“We have announced repeatedly that the Yemeni army and people have the support of Iran, however, we have also made it clear that we have not given any missiles to Yemenis,” Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told Press Shia.
Taking a swipe at the US ambassador to the UN for accusing Iran of providing Yemen’s Ansarullah movement with missiles fired against Saudi targets, the lawmaker said Iran is courageous enough to publicize its military support for others.
If Yemen’s army had been equipped with Iranian missiles, the result of the war would have been different, he stressed.
Naqavi Hosseini went on to say that Saudi Arabia should explain from whom it has purchased the bombs it is using to kill people in Yemen.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.