Iran denies role in Yemen attacks on US navy

Iran denies role in Yemen attacks on US navy

2 min read
21 October, 2016
Iran has denied reports from Washington that it played a part in failed missile attacks on US naval vessels off the coast of Yemen.

Washington has accused the Houthis of firing at the destroyer [Getty]

Iran denied reports from Washington that it played a part in failed missile attacks on US naval vessels off Yemen, saying on Thursday that the claims were "false and paranoid".

"The vague and contradictory remarks by American officials these past days are false, paranoid and inappropriate," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told the official IRNA news agency.

Washington has accused Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen of firing surface-to-surface missiles at the destroyer USS Mason on at least two occasions in recent weeks.

A top US general, Joseph Votel, told a Washington think tank on Wednesday that "some of the technology that we've seen there are things that are associated with" Iran, though he acknowledged "it's not totally exclusive to them."

Ghasemi responded by saying that it "would be preferable for the American army - which has an undeniable role in the atrocities committed against the Yemeni people by its direct or indirect support for the coalition forces - to prevent further atrocities."

Washington provides intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Yemeni rebels since March last year.

The United Nations says that since the intervention started, the conflict has killed almost 10,000 people, more than half of them civilians.

Washington responded to the missile fire targeting the Mason with cruise missile strikes that destroyed three radar sites controlled by the rebels on October 13.

Agencies contributed to this report.