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Iranian official admits Tehran bid to supply missiles to Houthis

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Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb said the nuclear agreement prevented delivery of Iran-made surface-to-surface missiles to the Houthis
Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb said the nuclear agreement prevented delivery of Iran-made surface-to-surface missiles to the Houthis

Al Arabiya, 16 April 2017 - Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb, who also heads the Ammar Strategic Foundation, admitted that Tehran supplies the Houthis in Yemen with weapons.

In a video which activists circulated on social media, Taeb, who is close to the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei, said the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group prevented delivering Iranian-made surface-to-surface missiles to the Houthis three times.

He also criticized Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and said the latter’s negotiations with the US to seal Iran’s nuclear agreement obstructed the delivery of missiles to the Houthis to strike at Saudi-led coalition jets.

“We tried to deliver the missiles three times and we were about to but they suddenly retreated because the Americans threatened to suspend the negotiations,” he reportedly said.

“Rowhani’s nuclear agreement blocked military aid to the Houthis in Yemen,” Taeb said before a group of supporters in Tehran.

According to Taeb, Khamenei ordered sending Iranian naval forces to Bab al-Mandeb Strait.