Iran arms charge

By United Press International   |   Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:17 AM

SANA'A, Yemen, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Yemeni authorities have detained a boat manned by five Iranian nationals in the Red Sea carrying arms to rebels in northern Yemen, the official Saba news agency reports.

The anti-tank weapons were destined for the Houthis, a Shiite people demanding independence.

The Iranian news agency has called charges of government involvement "a media lie."

Yemen has accused Iranian "religious institutions" of backing the rebels financially, The (London) Daily Telegraph reported. The conflict in Yemen is widely seen as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which has been backing the Yemeni government.

Meanwhile Iran is calling for "very important changes" to a draft proposal for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. The proposal would see enriched uranium shipped out of Iran to Russia and France for conversion into fuel.

Iran has not yet detailed the changes it is seeking.

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