UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Evidence that Iran delivered the missiles that the Houthis are firing at Saudi Arabia must be provided by “a neutral group that has access to the documents and can make an appropriate assessment,” Peter said. Wiseman, senior researcher at SIPRI in an interview with DW.
“We would like more information to determine the source of these missiles . It is very clear that they are not made in Yemen. But when, how, how much … is still uncertain, although there are many reasons to point the finger at Iran, “said Peter Wiseman, senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI , in a given interview, this Friday, at the DW channel.
“The Saudi government backed by the United States has provided very clear evidence that Iran has provided missiles to the Houthis or at least helped them build rockets in Yemen. But the problem is that, although the evidence they have provided is quite convincing, we still want a more neutral assessment, an assessment that is not made by a country in conflict with Iran, “he said. he added, stressing that “the final confirmation must come from a group that has access to the documents and can make an appropriate assessment”.
Willems explains that rockets fired by the Houthis to Saudi Arabia were probably not present in Yemen before the war, but said “that the former Yemeni government has invested in various types of ballistic missiles .” “For example, some were bought in North Korea about 15 years ago. But these are not the ones being used right now. The images and information we show show that it is a different type of rocket,” he said.
Regarding the possibility of Houthis acquiring long-range ballistic missiles, the expert said it would be “very unlikely that they would have long-range missiles, as it is unlikely that such technologies would be available. Only Iran can get it. “What the Houthis are doing now, at least from their point of view, is the revenge of Saudi Arabia. It’s a kind of mutual action and I do not see why they need missiles that go beyond Riyadh,” he said.
And to conclude on the means to implement to reach a solution to the conflict, the researcher explained that “the Houthis should not use rockets against Riyadh, and this is clear as well as for Saudi Arabia. I think that’s the real problem: how can the two sides meet and how can other countries try to pressure both parties to sit down at the negotiating table?”
Yemeni Houthi leader Saleh Ali al-Sammad pledged on April 10 that rebel units would now fire missiles at Saudi Arabia on a daily basis.
An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been intervening since March 2015 in the conflict that ravages neighboring Yemen against Houthi rebels in support of forces loyal to Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, the Yemeni President recognized by the international community.