US wants to supply Ukraine with 'Iranian' weapons
US wants to supply Ukraine with 'Iranian' weapons

USA: According to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal report, the US government is attempting to find a legal way to transfer to Ukraine weapons that Iran is said to have sent to the Houthis in Yemen but that were seized en route.

The White House is reportedly looking for "wiggle room" in UN regulations so that the rifles, rockets, and ammunition seized on the high seas can be sent to Kiev, according to the WSJ, which cited anonymous US and European officials.

The unnamed officials claim that even though the quantity of weapons seized is small in comparison to what the US and its allies have sent to Ukraine over the past year, it would be a symbolic act of retaliation for Iran supplying Russia with drones, which both Moscow and Tehran have denied.

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One unnamed US official told the WSJ that the message was to use weapons intended for Iran's proxies to arm our priorities in Ukraine, where Iran is supplying Russia with arms.

The cache contains 5,000 rifles, 1.6 million rounds of ammunition, a number of anti-tank rockets, and roughly 7,000 proximity fuses, according to the Journal. The stolen goods came from three fishing boats that US and French sailors had boarded in the Gulf of Oman over a period of time.

When asked about the idea of sending the weapons to Ukraine, Nasr al-Din Amir, the Houthi deputy information minister, told the Journal, "What change can this make to war?" They have been delivering much more powerful weapons.

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Last month, it was announced by Washington, Berlin, and London that they would send heavy tanks to Kiev. According to the Pentagon, the US has given Ukraine more than 100 million bullets as of this week.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged that "the current rate of Ukraine's ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production" at the NATO defense ministers' meeting on Monday in Brussels. He claimed that this was placing a strain on the West's military industry and "depleting allied stockpiles."

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Russia has warned the US and its allies that sending more weapons to Ukraine puts them at risk of becoming directly involved in the conflict and only postpones what will eventually happen.

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