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13 February 2013 - Yemen/ Iran – Interception by Yemen of a shipment of arms presumed to be from Iran

Statement by Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

We are concerned following the interception on January 23 in Yemeni territorial waters of a shipment of arms, probably from Iran, reported by Yemen to the UN Security Council. UNSCR 1747 explicitly prohibits Iran from exporting arms to other countries. This shipment therefore constitutes a further violation by Iran of its international obligations.

France calls on the UN Sanctions Committee to immediately investigate the information provided to it by Yemen. In this respect, we commend Yemen’s effective cooperation and its resolute action. Iran must comply with its international obligations and the Security Council resolutions, and put an end to its activities that threaten the stability of the region and its neighbors.


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