UK Seizes Iranian Ship Smuggling Weapons

The U.K. revealed on Thursday that it had earlier this year recovered “advanced” Iranian missiles from smugglers in the Gulf of Oman. 

According to the UK government’s news release, the Royal Navy HMS Montrose, with the assistance provided by the U.S. Navy, completed two separate seizures from smugglers operating speed boats off the coast of Iran last Jan. 28 and Feb. 25. 

In violation of UN Security Council resolution 2216, surface-to-air missiles and ground attack cruise missile engines were among the armaments confiscated.

The UK government said this was the first time they “interdicted a vessel carrying such sophisticated weapons from Iran.” 

James Heappey, UK’s Minister for the Armed Forces, said they are committed to upholding international law, from standing up to aggression in Europe to interdicting illegal shipments of weaponry that perpetuates instability in the Middle East. 

“The UK will continue to work in support of an enduring peace in Yemen and is committed to international maritime security so that commercial shipping can transit safely without the threat of disruption,” Heappey said in a statement. 

The seized parcels were sent back to the UK for technical analysis, which showed that the cargo included a number of rocket motors for 351 land-attack cruise missiles made in Iran as well as a number of 358 surface-to-air missiles.

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