A U.S. Navy warship seized advanced missile parts believed to be linked to Iran in the Gulf of Oman, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump’s administration pressures Tehran to curb its regional activities, APA reports quoting Reuters.
The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the guided missile destroyer Forrest Sherman detained a small boat last week and a detachment of U.S. personnel boarded the vessel, where the missile parts were found.
The crew on the small boat have been transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard and the missile parts are in possession of the United States for now, the officials added.
One of the officials said that, according to initial information, the weapons were bound for Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in Yemen.
Over the past several years, U.S. warships have intercepted and seized Iranian arms likely bound for Houthi fighters. The official said what made this different was the advanced nature of the parts.
Under a U.N. resolution, Tehran is prohibited from supplying, selling or transferring weapons outside the country unless approved by the Security Council. A separate U.N. resolution on Yemen bans the supply of weapons to Houthi leaders.
The conflict in Yemen is seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.