Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Haley displays missile as evidence Iran violating nuclear deal

Haley displays missile as evidence Iran violating nuclear deal

She was there to present what the US describes as recovered pieces of a missile fired by Houthi militants from that November 4 attack, pointing out the missile bears "Iranian missile fingerprints".

USA officials have seized on a series of missile strikes by a Yemeni rebel group against Saudi Arabia as an opportunity to intensify global pressure on Iran.

The ambassador added that the situation will "lead us to the next North Korea", if the world does not do anything to stop Iran.

Haley on Thursday accused Tehran of a "blatant violation" of UN Security Council obligations created to rein in its missile activity, further stepping up the rhetoric towards Iran which Washington accuses of going against the spirit of a historic nuclear accord. "The evidence is undeniable". Haley also showed parts the Defense Department said were from an attack in July on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia as further evidence that Iran "is defying the global community, and not just one time".

Haley also showed other pieces of military materiel she said were provided by Iran, and after her announcement officials showed journalists pieces of an anti-tank missile, an explosive boat, drones and other gear.

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"Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles airport or JFK", she told reporters gathered in a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels in Yemen imposed a blockade of Yemen's air and sea ports and borders after the missile was sacked at Riyadh, citing concerns that weapons were being smuggled into Yemen. "From there it was sacked at a civilian airport with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia". But Haley said the United States would be working with other countries on "next steps".

The US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has accused Iran of supplying Yemen's rebel Houthi movement with missiles to attack Saudi Arabia. "In its strongest language yet, the secretary general's report shows violation after violation of weapons transfers and ballistic missile activity".

The Trump administration accused Iran on Thursday of violating United Nations resolutions, unveiling what US officials said was proof that Iran is exporting missiles and other military hardware to a rebel group in Yemen.

Iran says the allegations are "unfounded, irresponsible and provocative".

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The US mission to the United Nations said its ambassador, Nikki Haley, would hold a news conference on Thursday in Washington to highlight its findings, as well as Iran's "destabilising activities in the Middle East region and elsewhere in the world".

Also on Thursday Iran dismissed evidence presented by Haley as "fabricated", saying the accusations were baseless.

Iran, it said, appeared to have tried to cover-up the shipment by disassembling the missile for transport, given crude welding used to stitch it back together.

"Most people agree at this point that the Saudis are facing a legitimate security threat and that Iran is part of the problem", said April Alley, a Yemen researcher at the International Crisis Group.

The war took another chaotic turn this month with the breakdown of the wartime alliance between the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former president who retained significant influence in the country.

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In response to Haley's remarks, American analysts also called attention to the direct and protracted role the USA government has played, and continues to play, in the ongoing war and Yemen's humanitarian crisis. With US support, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

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