At a military base in Washington, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, presented pieces of weapons as proof that Iran is providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen in direct violation of international agreements limiting it arm deals.
“The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime’s conduct in other areas. Aid from Iran’s revolutionary guard to dangerous militias and terror groups is increasing,” Nikki said to the gathered reporters. “We have said everything doesn’t have to be tied to the nuclear deal, but it does have to be tied to the security council resolutions. This is a blatant violation of what they are not supposed to be doing. Everybody has tip-toed around Iran in fear of them getting out of the nuclear deal, and they are allowing missiles like this to be fired over to innocent civilians.”
“The missile’s intended target was a civilian airport in Riyadh through which tens of thousands of passengers travel each day. When you look at this missile, this is terrifying, this is absolutely terrifying,” Haley said. Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport[in Washington D.C.] or JFK [Airport in New York], or the airports in Paris, London or Berlin.The fight against Iranian aggression is the world’s fight.”
The Houthi rebellion has caused a humanitarian crisis in Yemen
“The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime’s behavior in other areas,” Haley said. “It’s hard to find a conflict or terror group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.”
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provided the Pentagon with the recovered munitions. Displayed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Base, the remains were from Iranian-made Qiam short-range ballistic missiles, an anti-tank missile, and a Qasef-1 “kamikaze” drone that were recovered in Yemen. The Qiam missile was fired by Houthi militants at an airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November in an attack that nearly set off a regional war.
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“[Iran’s] ballistic missile and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region. It’s hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it,” Haley said. The point of the press conference, she said, was to begin a public campaign highlights Iran’s misdeeds. “You will see us build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what they’re doing,” she said.
Haley said the presence of the missiles in Yemen violates United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2231 passed in 2015 which prohibits Iran from supplying, selling or transferring certain weapons outside the country unless approved by the Security Council. It also bars Iran from transferring missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN, called Haley’s accusations fabrications and part of a pattern of false accusations by Washington, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French news agency.
“The US government has an agenda and is constantly at work to deceive the public into believing the cases they put together to advance it,” Miryousefi said.
The UN has yet to respond to the evidence of Iranian violations, and the UN secretary-general’s latest report said experts are still “examining all information and material available from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia, but have not yet confirmed them to be Iranian-made.”
On January 13, President Trump must decide to certify whether or not Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal under the Obama administration, and also decide whether to extend a waiver on sanctions.