Mattis Emphasizes 'Diplomatically-Led Effort' In Dealing With Iran

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As it turned out, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's 2003 speech explaining the Bush administration's rationale for going to war with Iraq was based on lies and fabrications, and of course, Iran says Haley's evidence is fabricated as well.

"The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime's conduct in other areas", Haley said at a press conference at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. "Aid from Iran's Revolutionary Guard to unsafe militias and terror groups is increasing".

On Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appeared standing before parts of a ballistic missile that she claimed Iran delivered to Houthis, which was sacked at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh airport last month.

"This is absolutely terrifying", said Haley, one of the Trump administration's most vocal critics of Iran. "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". "That's what we're talking about here".

Haley's briefing included physical evidence that Iran is providing ballistic missiles to the Houthis, Mattis said.

Iran has one of the Middle East's biggest missile programs and some of its precision-guided missiles have the range to strike its arch-regional enemy Israel.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the Russian parliament on Friday that a possible breakdown of the nuclear deal would send a wrong signal and complicate efforts to persuade North Korea to stop testing nuclear weapons. Haley's claim that Iran is violating United Nations resolutions via its Yemeni proxy is a good deal more credible than Powell's yarn about Saddam Hussein buying yellowcake uranium from Niger.

Some have specific markings indicating they were manufactured in Iran.

The experts, who report to the sanctions committee, found a component marked by a logo similar to that of a banned Iranian manufacturer, a subsidiary of the Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization.

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Ms. Haley said the weapons on display were declassified by the Pentagon so the Trump administration could rally other countries to crack down on Iran. "This is blatant violation of what they are not supposed to be doing", Haley said.

"The weapons might as well have had "Made in Iran" stickers", Haley quipped.

Adding that, Iran rejects the accusation as, "unfounded and, at the same time, irresponsible, provocative and destructive". Passed in 2015, it bars Iran from supplying, selling or transferring certain weapons outside the country unless approved by the Security Council. Global legal experts have debated whether the allegation, if true, constitutes a clear-cut violation.

Tehran, Dec 17 A senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader today accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being the political "apprentice" of his American counterpart, Fars news agency reported. But Haley said the US would be working with other countries on "next steps".

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

Powell's 2003 speech to the United Nations laid out the Bush administration's case for a war in Iraq. As he sought support for a new resolution, Powell said the US 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.

"We do not know when they were transported exactly", said Defense Department spokeswoman Laura Seal.

Resolution 2231, which enshrined the landmark nuclear deal with world powers, calls on Iran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear bombs, including launches using such technology. With U.S. support, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

The US said on Thursday that it has "undeniable" evidence that Tehran is violating global law and unveiled segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.