Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has violated the Iran Deal
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, standing before military debris that she claimed to be of Iranian origin, offered Thursday what she presented as “indisputable” evidence of Iran’s UN resolution-violating actions in the Middle East.
“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 blatant violation of what they are not supposed to be doing,” Haley said. “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 U.S. ambassador said Thursday that the debris she offered as proof of Iran’s inflammatory behavior was not directly related to the nuclear deal, but was a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which prohibits Iran from progressing its ballistic missile program in certain ways and bans Iran from weapons transfers.
Haley’s accusations were the latest in a series of actions the Trump administration has taken in order to raise international pressure on Iran, including ramping up sanctions on the Islamist regime in Tehran. Most of the international community supports keeping the Iran nuclear deal intact. However, there is growing concern among U.S. allies regarding Iran’s non-nuclear activities in the Middle East.
Haley will go after Iran for allegedly providing missiles to Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen
Haley will update the UN on the implementation of the Iran Deal in a regularly scheduled report, which will reportedly delve into accusations that Iran provided arms to Houthi rebels fighting against the internationally recognized government of Yemen. As part of the “ongoing destabilizing activities in the Middle East” Haley is expected to discuss accusations by both the US and Saudi Arabia that Iran provided ballistic missiles and possibly drones and other weapons systems to the Houthis.
Iran denies it has armed the Houthis.
“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,” Ambassador Nikki Haley said at a press conference at Joint Base Andrews. “Its 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.”
Behind Ambassador Haley was debris which reportedly included a rocket with distinctive features that only Iranian models have that she said had been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at a commercial airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Also included in the display, Haley said, was material from an anti-tank guided missile, an explosive boat and a so-called “kamikaze drone,” all of which she claimed had parts from Iran.
Haley said that every member of Congress, as well as every member of the UN Security Council, would be invited to view the debris for themselves. Haley said. “What I’ve seen from our foreign partners is that…now they actually see that the president was right.” Adding, “Now they see that yes, there are problems. Yes, there are other activities because they’re feeling it in their own countries.”