Yemen lashes out at Iran for seized arms shipment
AFPSANAA, Yemen--Yemen's national security chief on Saturday accused Tehran of “damaging Yemen,” as the interior ministry said it was investigating an Iran-linked arms shipment seized last month.
February 11, 2013, 12:52 am TWN
“Such a shipment cannot be made by traders or smugglers ... Only an official power stands behind it,” Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi told reporters in Sanaa.
“We have repeatedly urged our brothers in Iran to reassess their stances towards Yemen. They had always denied any interference, but this shipment sadly affirms that they insist on damaging Yemen,” Ahmadi said.
“Yemen will take measures (to) preserve its right to defend its citizens and its sovereignty,” he said.
The coast guard, in coordination with the U.S. navy, on Jan. 23 intercepted in the Arabian Sea a ship carrying rockets and explosives, which authorities in Sanaa say came from Iran. Tehran denies any involvement.