A confidential report prepared by United Nations sanctions observers said that the remnants of four ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards Saudi Arabia this year appear Iranian made.
The independent panel of UN monitors, in a November 24 report to the Security Council seen by Reuters on Thursday, said it "as yet has no evidence as to the identity of the broker or supplier" of the missiles, which were likely shipped to the Houthis in violation of a targeted UN arms embargo imposed in April 2015.
The report will likely give the United States added incentive to impose sanctions on Tehran.
Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Iran of supplying Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The report said that monitors had visited two Saudi Arabian military bases to see remnants gathered by authorities from missile attacks on Saudi Arabia on May 19, July 22, July 26 and November 4.
They also visited four "impact points" from the November 4 attack where other remnants of the missiles were identified.
"Design characteristics and dimensions of the components inspected by the panel are consistent with those reported for the Iranian designed and manufactured Qiam-1 missile," the monitors wrote.
The Qiam-1 has a range of almost 500 miles and can carry a 1,400-pound warhead, according to GlobalSecurity.org public policy organization.
Saudi-led forces, which back the Yemeni government, have fought the Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen's more than two-year-long civil war. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Iran's supply of rockets to the Houthis as "direct military aggression" that could be an act of war.
Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with weapons, saying the US and Saudi allegations are "baseless and unfounded."
Iran's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the UN monitors report.
Another ballistic missile was shot down on Thursday near the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel reported.
The UN monitors said they gathered evidence that the missiles were transferred to Yemen in pieces and assembled there by missile engineers with the Houthis and allied forces loyal to Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
"The panel has not yet seen any evidence of external missile specialists working in Yemen in support of the Houthi-Saleh engineers," the monitors wrote.
They visited Saudi Arabia after the monitors called on the coalition to provide evidence backing Riyadh's claim that Iran was supplying missiles to the Houthis, warning that a failure to do so would violate a UN resolution.
They said the missiles most likely were smuggled into Yemen along "the land routes from Oman or Ghaydah and Nishtun in al Mahrah governorate (in Yemen) after ship-to-shore transshipment to small dhows, a route that has already seen limited seizures of anti-tank guided weapons."