The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Thursday called on the international community and the UN Security Council to impose deterrent sanctions against the Iranian regime and exert pressure enough to stop smuggling of weapons and experts to the Houthi group.
"We welcome the US Central Command's announcement that the US Navy seized an Iranian arms ship," the Yemeni information minister tweeted, as the boat carried "150 Iranian anti-tank missiles and three surface-to-air missiles, bound to Houthis."
This is a "blatant violation of the UN Security Council resolution banning arms exports to Houthis," Moammar al-Eryani added.
"The Iranian vicious role in Yemen, persistently smuggling of weapons and sway over Houthi decisions have played main role in the recent escalation, failure of Sweden deal's application, continuation of Yemeni bloodshed and humanitarian suffering, and thwarting of all efforts to end the Yemeni crisis peacefully on basis of the three terms of reference," he said.
"We call on the international community and the UN Security Council to impose deterrent sanctions against Tehran's regime and exert pressure enough to stop smuggling of weapons and experts to the Houthis."
Iran's practices "are flagrant interference in Yemeni affairs and violate sovereignty, international law and UNSC's resolutions related to Yemen's crisis."
Earlier on Thursday, the US Central Command said it had seized an Iranian arms shipment in the Arabian Sea, that had likely been intended for Houthis in Yemen.
On the 9th of this February, as the US Navy conducting naval security in its operation region, the USS Normandy intercepted a boat and found a large cache of weapons, the Command added in a statement.
The Command aired a footage for the raid on the boat and pictures of the missiles that it said its forces had seized.