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U.S. Praises Yemen for Probe That Found Iran Shipped Weapons

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. praised the government of Yemen for having intercepted a vessel attempting to smuggle a cache of Iranian-supplied weapons, explosives and other munitions to armed insurgents in the country.

“The origin of the vessel and weapons underscores Iran’s ongoing evasion of six relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement today. “Iran continues to defy the international community through its proliferation activities and support for destabilizing action in the region.”

Yemen’s navy, cooperating with the U.S. military, stopped a ship carrying weapons on Jan. 23 that had entered Yemeni waters in the Arabian Sea. The arms included ground-to-air missiles, explosives, rockets and materials used to build booby-trapped devices.

The Yemeni government’s investigation revealed that the weapons were loaded onto the vessel in Iran and were intended for armed insurgents in Yemen, the State Department said. Iran has denied claims that it shipped the weapons, according to a Tehran Times report Feb. 3.

“The international community must continue to speak with one voice and work to ensure that Iran adheres to all of its international obligations,” the State Department said in its statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joshua Gallu in Washington at jgallu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maura Reynolds at mreynolds34@bloomberg.net

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