The U.S. Navy announced that it had “seized an illicit shipment of weapons from a stateless dhow in international water of the North Arabian Sea”. The contents “included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launches”. Media reports citing an unnamed U.S. defence official indicated that “the Navy’s initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran”, and purportedly intended for Yemen. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson denied the claim and asserted that “Iran has only a diplomatic presence in Yemen”.
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