U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said there is “undeniable” evidence that Iran has been giving missiles to the terrorist Houthi rebels in Yemen, and she on Thursday stood in a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington and revealed hard evidence – missile parts that might as well have “Made in Iran” stamped on them.
“The evidence is undeniable,” she said. “The weapons might as well have had ‘Made in Iran’ stickers all over it.”‘
The missiles were fired at the main airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Haley said.
“The fight against Iranian aggression is the world’s fight,” she said. “This missile was used to attack an international civilian airport in Saudi Arabia. Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK, or the airports in Paris, London or Berlin.”
Haley said Iran is violating United Nations sanctions.
During his speech this year at the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump accused Iran of funding terrorists and creating a dangerous missile arsenal. The Iranian President later came out and said flatly that Iran wants to strengthen its missile capabilities – and doesn’t intend to ask permission to do it.
The Iranian nuclear deal was drawn up in 2015 with Iran, the U.S. and five other nations. Its framework includes stipulations that Iran would redesign, convert and reduce its number of nuclear facilities in order to lift nuclear-related economical sanctions, which would reportedly free up billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets for Iran. The U.S. and Iran also agreed to their own terms, along with terms penned with other nations.
President Trump said in October that the U.S. will not certify the Iran nuclear deal, and it is now up to Congress to address the deal’s “serious flaws” in order to protect the American people from any threats of nuclear weapons.
Trump said if Congress can’t reach a solution, then the Iran nuclear agreement would be “terminated.”
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 U.S. 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.
“The Iranian dictatorship […] remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” the President had said, saying the regime provides assistance to al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorists.
As for the 2015 landmark deal forged by Iran and the Obama Administration, Trump has said: “We got weak inspections in exchange for no more than a purely short-term, temporary delay for Iran on its path toward nuclear weapons.”
Additionally, along with pushing the deal back to Congress, the President authorized the U.S. Treasury to impose sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which he called a “corrupt personal terror force.”
Iranian officials have pushed back against the President’s comments. Iran has denied it is on a quest to build missiles that could carry nuclear warheads, and the country has said it wants to build its nuclear arsenal only for civilian use.