United States says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis

Faith Castro
December 18, 2017

On its own, Haley's presentation might read as an argument for renegotiating the agreement over Iran's nuclear program or reinforcing worldwide sanctions against the country, but taken with everything that has gone on in the past few months, it is not outside the realm of possibility that the Trump administration is gearing up for a direct military engagement with Iran, with the us serving as a bridge for awkward partners Israel and Saudi Arabia.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday he does not see the need for a stepped-up military posture against Iran, the day after a top diplomat said evidence shows Tehran is supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley presented scathing evidence to the worldwide community proving the Iran nuclear deal orchestrated by the Obama administration is a complete scam.

The U.S. took the unusual step of declassifying military equipment that was gathered in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, where a civil war is taking place between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the elected government. "Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK", Ms. Haley said, naming Washington-area and NY airports, "or the airports in Paris, London or Berlin".

Giorgini said France remained concerned by Iran's ballistic missile programme and urged it to abide fully by UN Security Council resolution 2231.

"Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region", Haley said at a press conference inside a military hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in Washington, D.C.

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World powers that joined the U.S.in brokering that deal have voiced frustration at Trump's moves to "decertify" Iran's compliance with the deal as a prelude to renegotiating it.

"The reason Ambassador Haley was there, and not one of our generals, is this is a diplomatically led effort to expose to the world what Iran is up to", he said.

The Iranian government issued a statement Thursday disputing Haley's claims. Haley said the USA meant to "build a coalition to really push back against Iran"-but is it a coalition of the willing?" Signs on the weapons display said the material was "on loan" from those two countries. The Obama-era deal rolled back Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief, but did not address Iran's missile-building or support for militant groups in the Middle East. The only known short-range ballistic missiles that don't have those fins are Iran's Qiam missiles, Haley said.

Powell's 2003 speech to the United Nations laid out the Bush administration's case for a war in Iraq.

In her speech, the United States diplomat referred to a new report by the UN Secretary General. Powell in 2016 called the speech "a great intelligence failure".

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria.

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