Britain’s Royal Navy said one of its warships seized Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles and cruise missile engines, from smugglers in international waters south of Iran earlier this year. This year.
A frigate helicopter HMS Montrose speedboats spotted sailing away from Iranian shores on January 28 and February 25, and dozens of packages containing advanced weaponry were confiscated, the Royal Navy said in a statement on Thursday.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected Britain’s claim, accusing it of being complicit in the war on Yemen by selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition.
“By continually selling advanced weapons to the self-proclaimed military coalition against the defenseless people of Yemen, Britain has been a partner in the war and aggression against Yemen, and it is unable to bear baseless accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran and assume a humanitarian face,” the ministry said in a tweet, quoting its spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani.
Therefore, he said, Britain “does not have the moral authority to make a claim against the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
The Royal Navy said: “The seized packages were returned to the UK for technical analysis, which revealed that the cargo contained several rocket motors for the Iranian-produced 351 land attack cruise missile and a batch of 358 surface-to-air missiles.”
He did not specify where the missiles were destined, but said the 351 cruise missile, with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), is often used by Yemen’s Houthi group to target Arabia Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
US Navy destroyer USS Gridley backed the February seizure, the Royal Navy said. The two seizures took place while montrose was on routine maritime security operations, he added.
“This action demonstrates that we will not allow irresponsible and aggressive acts by Iran to go unchecked on land, sea and air,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Col. Joseph Buccino said in a statement. communicated.
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have been at war with the Iran-aligned Houthis since 2015, in a conflict widely seen as a proxy war between the two Western-backed Gulf Arab states and Iran.