FNA – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s allegations that Tehran has sent long-range missiles to Yemen, stressing that the Yemeni army enjoys the capability to produce different missiles itself.
“The Yemeni people are a smart, resistant and powerful nation and whatever they have used so far have been their own innovations,” General Hatami told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
He added that Iran helps Yemen with playing an advisory role, and stated, “The Yemeni nation’s rights have been trampled upon and a large number of tolls have been inflicted on them by the siege and different attacks and therefore, we help the Yemeni people only through an advisory role.”
In relevant remarks in September, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi stressed his country’s continued support for the Yemenis against the Saudi-led coalition.
“Iran supports the legal government of Yemen against the aggressors. Iran has always supported the Yemenis spiritually and politically,” Mousavi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
Asked about Iran’s position on Yemenis’ attacks against Saudi Arabia, he said, “In our view, what the Yemenis do are defensive measures.”
Mousavi also underlined that resolution of the Yemen crisis depends on acceptance of ceasefire and stop of attacks on Yemeni civilians.
Also in September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed allegations about Iran’s involvement in Yemenis’ attacks on the Saudi oil installations, and said, “Iran wants friendly relations with its Southern neighbors.”
President Rouhani also defended the Yemeni people’s right to respond to aggressions against their country.
He underscored that Iran never wants clashes in the region, and said, “We should know that the Yemeni nation has not been the starter of the conflict, but Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the Americans, certain European states and the Zionist regime have launched a war in the region and destroyed Yemen.”