Seized weapons believed to have been sent by Iran for delivery to Houthi forces in Yemen. Image via US Navy. @Adobe Stock Images.

Yesterday, the Treasury Department levied sanctions against five Iranian officials for smuggling ballistic missiles to Yemen, which violated a UN Security Council Resolution. This is only the first of what will likely be many steps toward ensuring that Iranian missiles no longer reach Yemen. But it is an important one.

Many observers will likely see the sanctions as part of the Trump administration’s desire to isolate and punish Iran after withdrawing from the JCPOA earlier this month. That may be true. But it is also true that the war in Yemen will continue as long as Iran is smuggling missiles into the country, providing a crucial weapon for the Houthi forces fighting the Saudi-led coalition. Cutting off this supply of missiles is vital to isolating the Houthis and forcing them to negotiate.

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