NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON
DECEMBER 23, 2021
On December 20, the United States Navy 5th Fleet seized upwards of 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a vessel originating from Iran. This ship was on a
This Administration is committed to countering this threat from Iran. The U.S. seized dozens of anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of assault rifles, and hundreds of machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers from similar vessels in both May and February of this year.
The illegal flow of weapons to Yemen is enabling the brutal Houthi offensive against Marib, increasing the suffering of civilians. Further fighting – whether in Marib or elsewhere – will only bring more suffering. The Yemeni parties must reach a political settlement together to end the war.
For further information on the seizure, we refer you to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s press release: https://www.dvidshub.net/