United States secretary of state Michael Pompeo has described the Islamic Republic of Iran as ”the world’s largest state sponsor of terror,” accusing Tehran of defying the UN Security Council.
“The U.S. Navy interdicted 358 Iranian-made missiles and other weapons components on their way to the Houthis in Yemen. This is another example of the world’s largest state sponsor of terror the Islamic Republic of Iran continuing to defy the UN Security Council,” Secretary Pompeo tweeted on Friday.
Following Pompeo’s tweet, Houthi rebels claimed that they, for the first time ever, had shot down a Saudi warplane in northwestern Al Jawf province.
Spokesman of the Saudi-led Colonel Turki Al-Maliki confirmed that the Tornado fighter jet had “fallen” while carrying out a support mission near Yemeni army units, without giving details on how it had fallen.
Experts say the surface-to-air missile that downed the fighter jet is believed to be similar to the Iranian-made missiles seized by the U.S. Navy.
On Feb. 9, The U.S. Navy boarded a boat in the Arabian Sea and seized Iranian-made antitank missiles and three surface-to-air missiles destined for rebel fighters in Yemen.