Iran supplied Yemen rebels with ballistic missile

Joy Montgomery
December 17, 2017

"All of these weapons include parts made in Iran, some by Iran's government-run defense industry".

Haley said Iran is violating United Nations sanctions.

Haley displayed the missile and its resemblance to the Iranian Qiam 1 missile as "indisputable" evidence that Iran was in violation of U.N. Security Council 2231, which prohibited Iran from exporting missiles and was adopted in support of the 2015 nuclear deal that Trump has since decertified. The US will now rally other nations to push back on Iran's behavior, she added.

Standing before the twisted remains of a missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia, UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the USA was taking the "extraordinary step" of declassifying American intelligence about Iran's activities.

Meanwhile, Iran itself dismissed allegations against it as "baseless and unfounded".

The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating UN resolutions.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of smuggling missiles to the Houthis through ports used to deliver humanitarian aid and food shipments to Yemen.

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The U.S. took the unusual step of declassifying military equipment that was gathered in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, where a civil war is taking place between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the elected government.

He serves on the boards of the Harvard International Review, the Harvard International Relations Council and the US-Middle East Chamber for Commerce and Business. Where is his alternative explanation for the large short-range missile (and several other Iranian-made weapons) that appeared in this presentation? "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", Haley said.

The presentation didn't come with any specific evidence that the missile was of Iranian-origin, and indeed Yemen has insisted since the firing, it was a missile of their own design.

Haley echoed Mattis' long-held position that the nuclear deal with Iran, in which sanctions were lifted in return for Iran's halt to its nuclear programs, should not be allowed to divert attention from Iran's other threats to USA national security interests.

Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on December 2, 2017, during clashes between supporters of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis.

On the same day as Haley made his accusations, Farhan Haq, the spokesman for the United Nations secretary general, said the existing reports do not show what country the missiles were manufactured. While the official Saudi and USA account claimed that the incoming projectile was stopped by the US -built Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile defense system, an expert investigation later suggested the missile struck the ground, missing the city's global airport by about half a mile.

AFP reported that a separate team of United Nations experts who inspected the missile fragments during a visit to Riyadh last month found a possible link to an Iranian manufacturer, the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, which is on the United Nations sanctions blacklist.

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