UN draft calls for 'measures' over Iran missiles to Yemen

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would condemn Iran for violating the arms embargo on Yemen and call for measures to address this violation, according to the text obtained by AFP on Monday (February 19th).

The proposed resolution drafted by Britain is in response to a report by a UN panel of experts which found that missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis (Ansarallah) at Saudi Arabia last year were made in Iran.

The Security Council is expected to vote on the draft later this month.

The text "condemns" Iran for violating the 2015 arms embargo on Yemen by "failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer" of short-range ballistic missiles and other military equipment to the Houthis.

The text specifies that "any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen" is a criteria for sanctions.

The resolution also would renew UN sanctions on Yemen for another year, until February 26th, 2019.

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