Iran denies its hostile actions in the region as any criminal in the world would refuse to face up to his crimes, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, said on Thursday.
“We proved to the world that ballistic missiles launched from Yemeni territory by the Houthis are made in Iran,” he said, explaining that Iran would send parts of the missiles to be reassembled in Yemen before launching them towards Saudi Arabia.
The colonel’s statements came during an interview broadcast by American channel CNN in which he confirmed evidence had been provided to prove to the world that Iran was involved in supporting the Houthis.
Asked how the missiles were smuggled to Yemen, Colonel Al-Maliki explained that the smuggling of rockets did not start from Iran, but from the southern suburb of Beirut, where they were transported via Syria to Iran and then sent by sea to Yemen, explaining that the port of Hodiedah became the main point of smuggling ballistic missiles and other weapons to Yemen.
Al-Maliki said US, Australian and French naval forces intercepted a number of ships loaded with weapons headed to Yemen from Iran, which proved the Iranian regime was violating UN resolutions 2216 and 2231.
In response to a question on the kingdom’s purchase of US weapons, Al-Maliki said: “We use these weapons to defend our homeland and to confront Houthi terrorism and preserve the security of the region from the ambitions of Iran.”
He stressed that the Kingdom had the right to respond to security threats when rockets were fired by Houthis in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law.
he spokesman added that the Saudi-led coalition was not looking for a strategy to get out of Yemen and that there was no alternative to entering the war.
The military intervention was at the request of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, stressing that the objective of the military operations is clear.
“It is important to bear in mind that the war in Yemen is not against an official army, but rather a terrorist militia, and that the return of the legitimate government in Yemen is not only the responsibility of the kingdom but the responsibility of the international community,” he said.
The colonel also stressed the possibility of reaching a political solution based on UN resolutions. However he said the Houthis were obstructing a political solution, based on UN Security Council Resolution 2140.
Therefore, the Houthis should give priority to the interests of the Yemeni people rather than their personal interests and the relationship with the Iranian government if they want to stabilize Yemen.