Iran Navy Port Emerges as Key to Alleged Weapons Smuggling to Yemen, U.N. Report Says

Joseph B. Hash

Hundreds of rocket launchers, device guns, sniper rifles and other weapons seized in the Arabian Sea by the U.S. Navy in modern months very likely originated from a single port in Iran, according to a private United Nations report that presents some of the most thorough proof that Tehran is exporting arms to Yemen and in other places.

The draft report geared up by a U.N. Security Council panel of experts on Yemen said compact picket boats and overland transportation have been utilized in tries to smuggle weapons manufactured in Russia, China and Iran alongside routes to Yemen that the U.S. navy has tried out for years to shut down. The boats still left from the Iranian port of Jask on the Sea of Oman, the U.N. report said, citing interviews with the boat’s Yemeni crews and facts from navigational instruments uncovered on board.

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