The United States provided proof of Iran’s United Nations violations in its ballistic missile program, displaying a rocket that Iran provided to Houthi rebels that was fired on Saudi Arabia last month.
Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., addressed Iran’s violations and terrorist activity during a press conference on Thursday.
“As you know, we do not often declassify this type of military equipment recovered from these attacks,” she said. “But today we are taking an extraordinary step of presenting it here in an open setting. We did this for a single urgent purpose: Because the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to engage in its lawless behavior any longer.”
She reported the evidence obtained as “the recovered pieces of a missile fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia… Iranian made, these are Iranian sent and these were Iranian given” and that it provides “evidence of illegal Iranian weapons proliferation, gathered from direct military attacks on partners in the region.”
The ambassador called on the global community to act on the terror Iran and its proxies place on the region. “This is absolutely terrifying. Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK, or the airports in Paris, London or Berlin. The fight against Iranian aggression is the world’s fight.”
She also called on the U.N. Security Council to take action on Iran. “Judging Iran by the narrow confines of the nuclear deal misses the true nature of the threat. Iran must be judged in totality of its aggressive, destabilizing and unlawful behavior. To do otherwise would be foolish.”
Haley’s press conference was announced before reports from the U.N. Secretary General Antonie Guterres on Wednesday that Iran “may be” violating U.N. resolutions specific to its missile program. The U.N. report was the result of an investigation into Iranian missile transfer to Houthi rebels in June and November of this year.
Gutteres reported that there was no evidence Iran had made any violations in its nuclear program, calling on the U.S. to “maintain its commitments to the [nuclear] plan and to consider the broader implications for the region before taking any further steps,” while calling on the “Islamic Republic of Iran to carefully consider the concerns raised by other participants in the plan.”
Iran denied the evidence. Its ambassador to the U.N., Gholamali Khoshroo, claimed it all to be “fake and fabricated.”
Yemen’s Houthi rebels responded to the evidence provided. A spokesman for the terrorist group accused the U.S. of attempting to divert attention on Jerusalem. “After three years of war, the United States suddenly finds evidence that Iran supports the Houthis. America did not find any evidence in all the missiles fired from Yemen until now. The story is clear. They want to give Arabs a story to divert their attention from Jerusalem. Instead of being angry at Israel, they wave the Iranian bogey.”
In early November, Saudi Arabia intercepted the displayed ballistic missile fired from Yemen. It was directed at the country’s capital city, Riyadh, the missile’s target the King Khaled Airport. Saudi Arabia immediately accused Iran of carrying out the attack through Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia responded by cutting off its air, sea, and land ports with Yemen. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the time: “The involvement of Iran in supplying missiles to the Houthis is a direct military aggression by the Iranian regime,” warning that such actions could be considered an “act of war against the Kingdom.” The Kingdom also warned it would share evidence of the attack with the U.N.
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Amir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.