The UK says that an error made by the Iranian military has led to the UN Security Council’s determination that it is violating resolutions regarding drones and missiles.
The Royal Navy intercepted a boatload of missiles in the Persian Gulf last summer. This included a quadcopter drone whose hard drive revealed its origin.
Iranians will go to great lengths disguise missiles and weapons they smuggle to their allies in the region.
They do this to avoid giving evidence that they are violating UN resolutions and to lower the chance of being subject to further sanctions.
They had also forgotten to delete the memory drive of the drone.
British boffins from the Ministry of Defence in London decrypted this drive and found records of 22 test flights at the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace headquarters in Tehran.
The shipment was found to be Iran. It contained surface-to-air missiles equipped with warheads and engines for landing attack cruise missiles. The shipment was wrapped in cellophane bags.
The Royal Navy found the consignment after it intercepted a motorboat at high speed in open waters of the Persian Gulf last January.
Wildcat helicopters were deployed to use the downwash from their rotor blades in order to disarm the vessel and force its crew to flee below decks.
Royal Marine boarding parties were dispatched to inspect the vessel and discovered the massive number of lethal missiles.
The boat is believed to have been operated by smugglers, bound for Iran’s allies, Houthis in Yemen.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, minister of state for Middle East, stated: “Once more, the Iranian regime was exposed for its reckless proliferation and destabilizing activity in the region.”
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Iran is accused of violating UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting the transfer of drones or missiles to other nations.
While Iran continues to violate these resolutions, sanctions against it will not be lifted.
Iran attempted to hide its drone and missile exporting activities. It removed any trace of Persian language from missile parts, some of which were reverse engineered from Western components.
UN inspectors have found damning evidence that Iran continues to ignore resolutions governing the export of its lethal weapons, despite the fact that its scientists failed to erase the quadcopter’s internal memories.