Iran Probing into Haley's Claim about Yemeni Missile

Elias Hubbard
Декабря 19, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington with deal with Iran through a "diplomatically-led effort", a day after a top U.S. diplomat said Tehran was supplying weapons to the Huthi rebels in Yemen.

On Dec. 14, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, gave a speech from a USA military base in Washington standing in front of what she claimed was an Iranian missile delivered to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against a US -backed Saudi-led coalition.

Velayati on Sunday asserted that reports of meetings between Saudi Arabia and Israel regarding methods to get Iran to relax its defensive posture were no threat, as both nations were considered by Tehran to be "weak and insignificant".

On its own, Haley's presentation might read as an argument for renegotiating the agreement over Iran's nuclear program or reinforcing global 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.

The Iranian government issued a statement Thursday disputing Haley's claims.

On November 4, a missile fired from Yemen targeted King Khalid International Airport near Riyadh, reaching the Saudi capital for the first time.

"This purported evidence, put on public display today, is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier".

Trump has refused to sign the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement brokered by his predecessor that aims to reduce Iran's nuclear capability in return for fewer sanctions.

FRANCE's Emmanuel Macron has been slammed as Donald Trump's "lapdog" and criticised for losing worldwide credibility in a bitter attack from Iran.

Macron, critical of recent ballistic missile tests by Iran, floated the idea of additional sanctions against the nation for a military program that Tehran suggests is exclusively defensive.

Haley pointed to several features of the missile, including nine valves on its oxidization tank, arguing that such design features are found on missiles manufactured by Iran.

The UN is yet to give its verdict on whether the missiles launched by factions in Yemen came from Iran.

"So, Iran's complaint will soon be referred to the United Nations in the form of a request", the defence chief said.

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