December 16, The Iran Project – Speaking at a press conference at a military base in Washington on Thursday (Dec 14), US Ambassador Nikki Haley presented what she claimed to be “undeniable” evidence, including the allegedly recovered pieces of the missile, saying it proved that Iran was violating international law by giving missiles to the Houthis.
“It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen,” she claimed.
Haley’s accusation was firmly slammed by several top Iranian officials including Ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeedinejad as well as National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
Khoshroo categorically dismissed as “unfounded” Haley’s claim that a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen last month was supplied by the Islamic Republic.
In a statement released on Thursday, the mission denounced the US allegations as “irresponsible, provocative and destructive,” saying “this purported evidence … is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier.”
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets Zarif dismissed Haley’s claim, describing it all as a ‘show’.
“When I was based in UN, I saw this show and what it begat,” Zarif said in a Twitter message on Thursday drawing an analogy between Haley’s news conference and the famous and all-lie speech of the former US defense minister Collin Powell.
In another tweet, Zarif blasted the US for providing its allies with weapons to kill civilians, saying that Iran has advocated peace and dialogue in Yemen.
“While #Iran has been calling for ceasefire, aid and dialogue in #Yemen from day 1, US has sold weapons enabling its allies to kill civilians and impose famine. No amount of alternative facts or alternative evidence covers up US complicity in war crimes,” Zarif twitted on his account on Friday.
Besides, NIAC also denounced Haley’s allegations at the Defense Intelligence Agency accusing Iran of supplying missiles to Houthi in Yemen.
In another development, Baeedinejad denounced allegations raised by Haley stressing that such accusations could not be proven.
Reacting to Haley’s fake remarks, Hamid Baeedinejad posted a series of tweets on Friday saying, “Nikki Haley in her propaganda show could not prove that :a/what exhibited was an Iranian missile, and if so, b/ the missile was exactly the one which hit the KSA airport (nobody trusts American just to say so), and c/ it had been transferred to Yemen after the UN res.”
He added, “Nikki Haley should also explain that how such large number of weapons could have been entered into Yemen territory while it is under a full blockade with all its airports and seaports closed under strict control preventing even the entry of food and medicine into the country.”
“While Nikki Haley was staging its fake exhibition” Baeedinejad added: “Saudis with the US weapons attacked Yemen resulting to large killings.”
Iranian envoy to the UK stressed that US which is exporting hundreds of billions of dollars of arms to the Saudis to kill the innocents, lacks the legitimacy to investigate such issue.