More Arab states welcome United Nations report, USA position on Iran's hostile acts

Faith Castro
December 17, 2017

"While Iran has not supplied Yemen with missiles, these hyperboles are also to serve other United States agendas in the Middle East, including covering up for its adventurist acts in the region and its unbridled support for the Israeli regime", the statement read.

She also referred to a "Shark 33" naval drone rigged with an outboard motor that she said could blow a "six-foot wide hole" in a ship.

"The weapons might as well have "Made in Iran" stickers on them", Haley said.

In a presentation at the headquarters to the Defence Intelligence Agency in Washington, the United States envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said: "As you know we do not often declassify this type of military equipment recovered from these attacks but today we are taking an extraordinary step of presenting it here in an opening setting".

Standing before the twisted remains of a missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia, UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. was taking the "extraordinary step" of declassifying American intelligence about Iran's activities.

Haley said the weapons were found by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

US President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations unveiled Thursday what she said was "undeniable" evidence proving that Iran is funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of global law.

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"We must speak with one voice in exposing the regime for what it is - a threat to the peace and security of the whole world".

France reacted cautiously on Friday to US evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. Haley's other assertion that "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" also echoed Powell's charge that "terrorism has been a tool used by Saddam for decades" and that the Iraqi leader "provides haven and active support for terrorists".

Washington has been an even more vocal backer of Saudi Arabia's regional policies under President Donald Trump, particularly Riyadh's hawkish posture against Iran and its allies.

"Nikki Haley and Washington seem to be in an unreal world, largely because they have just lost big time". It said the evidence means the United Nations should tighten its inspection and verification regime for vessels allowed into Yemen.

The Iranian nuclear deal was drawn up in 2015 with Iran, the US and five other nations.

The Saudi-led intervention began in March 2015, while former U.S. President Barack Obama was in power.

"As you know, we do not often declassify this type of military equipment recovered from these attacks, but today we are taking an extraordinary step of presenting it here in an open setting", she said.

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