Iran expands provision of ballistic missile technology to militias

Speaking at a press conference at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington DC, Ms Haley presented the remnants of a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia that came close to hitting Riyadh's airport last month.

While #Iran has been calling for ceasefire, aid and dialogue in #Yemen from day 1, U.S. has sold weapons enabling its allies to kill civilians and impose starvation. Iran's agenda in arming the Houthis is much broader than what has been depicted in mainstream media.At first, Tehran began helping the Houthis produce short-range ballistic missiles.

"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", she said, citing the latest 10-page report released by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres detailing Iranian compliance - or lack thereof - with UN Resolution 2231.

The so-called proof that Haley presented was "fabricated".

"When I was based at the United Nations, I saw this show and what it begat.", Zarif tweeted, along with side-by-side images of Haley and Powell delivering their respective presentations.

On social media, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif compared Haley's speech to that of her predecessor, Colin Powell, at the United Nations in 2003, when he presented flawed evidence purporting to show Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program as a basis for the USA invasion there one month later.

The President has called the deal "one of the worst" and "the most one-sided transaction the United States has ever entered into", and he reiterated his sentiments when he announced the US would not certify the deal yet - he said the "rogue regime" of Iran is only perpetuating terrorism around the world, and is becoming more aggressive in doing so.

In a statement, the Iranian government rejected the claim that it delivered the missile to the rebels.

"The Iranian government issued a statement Thursday denying that a presentation earlier in the day by the US represented proof that they'd been sending arms to the Shia Houthis in Yemen in a bid to resist the USA -backed Saudi invasion, saying it was a 'fabrication".

Iran's top diplomat has compared a recent US exhibition about his country's alleged growing missile threat to the rhetoric heard in the days leading up to the USA invasion of Iraq, raising fears that the White House's hardline stance against Tehran could erupt into conflict.

The difference, of course, is that Haley isn't speculating about weapons Iran might have, which they could use, she's standing in front of a 30-foot long Iranian missile that was already used.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, who fired missiles at Saudi Arabia in July and November.

The attack prompted an intensification of Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthis and sparked condemnation from the USA, which has sought to isolate Iran diplomatically under President Donald Trump. This is an evident act of war that could have tragically killed and wounded hundreds of people.The aforementioned statements and reports give further global legitimacy to Saudi Arabia, showing that its accusations against Tehran were based on evidence and objective investigation.

  • Aubrey Nash