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Iran rejects UK claim it seized Iranian arms shipment in Yemen



Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday dismissed the British government’s claim that it seized the Iranian arms shipment in Yemen, according to the ministry’s website.

Nasser Kanaani dismissed the allegation as “baseless and outdated”, accusing Britain of being “complicit” in the war in Yemen.

Britain has continuously sold advanced weapons to the Saudi-led military coalition against “the defenseless people of Yemen”, Xinhua news agency quoted Kanaani as saying.

Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthis took control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.

“Without a doubt, the British government’s approach of maintaining arms exports to the aggressors is one of the reasons for the prolongation of the inhumane war against Yemen,” Kanaani said.

“Therefore, this country does not have the moral qualifications to bring charges against Iran,” he added.

The British government’s statement followed an earlier video report by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in which the IRGC claimed to have arrested the deputy head of the British embassy in Tehran for “espionage activities”.

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