Iran refutes U.S. allegation on missile supply to Yemeni Houthis


Iranian mission of United Nations asserted that the evidence is fabricated.

"This is absolutely terrifying", said Haley, one of the Trump administration's most vocal critics of Iran.

Secretary Mattis claimed that Ambassador Haley also shared with the media physical evidence to support her claim Iran is providing ballistic missiles to the Houthis.

Iran dismissed Ms. Haley's assertions. "Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK", Ms. Haley said, naming Washington-area and NY airports, "or the airports in Paris, London or Berlin".

Macron, unlike Trump, has reaffirmed his country's commitment to the deal Iran signed in 2015 with world powers under which it curbed its disputed nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

Some have specific markings indicating they were manufactured in Iran.

"Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region", she added.

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"We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more chaos, the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakout", Trump said at the time.

Mattis added that Haley was sent to deliver the presentation and not a general because it is a "diplomatically led effort" and not a military one. Signs on the weapons display said the material was "on loan" from those two countries.

But what really makes Haley's speech reminiscent of Powell's is that the latter was a crucial step towards war, whereas that the former, well, could be.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY that Japan continues to support the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As he sought support for a new resolution, Powell said the USA had a "thick intelligence file" detailing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, at one point using satellite photos and a fake anthrax vial as props. Weapons of mass destruction were never found.

Indeed, the USA acknowledged it couldn't account for the full chain of custody, such as how the missiles got into Yemen - an admission that suggests there are still holes in the US intelligence. Saudi officials have called that attack an "act of war" by Iran. With U.S. support, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Haley invited every member of Congress, the U.N. Security Council and European leaders to examine the evidence themselves to prove that Iran isn't being reigned in by the U.N. or its nuclear deal with Obama and needs to be dealt with.