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Iran blames Yemen war on British, US arms exports

AFP  |  Tehran 

today rejected Western claims that it was arming Huthi rebels in Yemen, saying the conflict was instead the result of British and US arm supplies to

"The Islamic republic of wants an end to the aggression in by Saudi Arabia," said in comments carried by Iran's site.

"What is happening in is the result of the export of British and American weapons to and such behaviour is unacceptable," he added.

A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing almost daily since 2015 as it attempts to dislodge Huthi rebels who seized control of the capital, in a conflict that has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the

A UN report last month said had breached an arms embargo by failing to stop weapons reaching the Huthis.

It said a missile fired into last year by the Huthis was made in Iran, though it was unable to definitively identify the supplier.

A UN resolution drafted by Britain called for "additional measures" against over the report.

"This resolution, if adopted, would provide support to the aggressor," said Ghasemi, referring to Saudi Arabia.

"Such resolutions do not help the situation in Yemen and are an effort by the to use international mechanisms to create a supportive climate for the aggressor."

Russia, which is allied with Iran in the war, maintains that the UN report's findings are not conclusive enough to justify action against Iran.

It presented a rival resolution on Saturday, extending sanctions on Yemen but without any reference to possible action targeting

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First Published: Mon, February 26 2018. 16:55 IST