United States to Highlight What it Calls 'Iran's Ongoing Destabilizing Activities'

Nikki Haley the US Ambassador to the UN.   Associated Press  Evan Vucci

Haley invited members of the Congress, U.N. officials and foreign delegations to examine the evidence for themselves.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

Dubai is next."Statements by the United Nations and USA, as well as reports by intelligence agencies, are significant because they corroborate and substantiate what Saudi leaders have previously pointed out, that Houthi missiles targeting Riyadh were made by Iran".

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.

Haley said the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the USA and five other world powers "has done nothing to moderate the regime's conduct in other areas".

The rare decision to publicly present materiel exploited by intelligence analysts underscores the Trump administration's determination to galvanize new global action against Iran even as President Trump threatens to abandon the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor and other world powers.

Iran's mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the accusation by the United States was "irresponsible, provocative and destructive".

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 deals specifically with Iranian arms transfers and its ballistic missile program.

She charged that the 2015 nuclear deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme had "done nothing to moderate the regime's conduct in other areas", and accused Tehran of "fanning the flames" of regional conflict. "We have made clear that we expect cooperation on the non-nuclear side, just as they are seeking our cooperation on the nuclear side".

She said missiles from Iran have been found in war zones across the Middle East.

The attack prompted an intensification of Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthis and sparked condemnation from the US, which has sought to isolate Iran diplomatically under President Donald Trump. "The weapons might as well have had "Made in Iran" stickers all over it", Haley said. "It's hard to find a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints all over it", she said. The only known short-range ballistic missiles that don't have those fins are Iran's Qiam missiles, Haley said. "We did this for a single urgent goal: Because the Iranian regime can not be allowed to engage in its lawless behavior any longer". After the election, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were successful in capturing the ear of Trump and his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.

In response to Haley's remarks, American analysts also called attention to the direct and protracted role the USA government has played, and continues to play, in the ongoing war and Yemen's humanitarian crisis. It is not a coincidence that the US ambassador held her today's press conference two days after her claim in her interview with CNN, claiming that the common fight against Iran is much more important for the American regional allies than the plights of the Palestinians and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. With US support, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

"As you know, we do not often declassify this type of military equipment recovered from these attacks, but today we are taking an extraordinary step of presenting it here in an open setting", she said.

But the report, while citing military materiel presented by Saudi Arabia, stops short of fully embracing Haley's conclusions, saying that the U.N. Secretariat is "still analyzing the information collected".

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