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Yemen says Iran sending weapons to rebels

Feb. 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Weapons allegedly sent by Iran to anti-government forces in Yemen are "clearly" meant as a threat to Yemen and the region, the U.S. State Department said.

The State Department commended the government in Yemen after it said it seized a cache of Iranian-supplied man-portable anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

"These weapons are clearly designed to cause significant damage with the highest possible number of casualties and are a threat to both Yemen and the region," department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

The Shiite government in Iran is defying international expectations with its proliferation activities, she said.

Last week, Nuland praised Yemen for moving forward with plans for a national dialogue that's said to include southern separatists and backers of the rebel Houthi movement, a northern Shiite group.

Iran's state-funded broadcaster Press TV reports the allegations come as the United States increases its controversial drone program over Yemeni territory. A missile fired from an drone in 2011 killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was the ideological leader of the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida.

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