Ambassador Nikki Haley, during a news conference yesterday presented the media with proof that Iran continues to thumb its nose at UN rules, and they have also violated the Iran nuclear deal hashed out with the help of the Obama Administration. Ambassador Haley stated, “The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime’s conduct in other areas. Aid from Iran’s revolutionary guard to dangerous militias and terror groups is increasing. Its ballistic missile and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region. It’s hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.”
President Trump and Ambassador Haley have continued to accuse, and now present evidence that proves Iran has no intention of abiding by any kind of peace accord or cessation of funding terrorism in the region. Meanwhile, those critical of the Trump Administration fear continued verbal attacks on radical Islamist regime in Tehran will lead to a war between the United States and Iran. Perhaps these critics would be wise to remember it was President Obama who gave Iran a $400 million transfer as some sort of payment relating to a dispute the Iranian Government had over $1.7 billion worth of assets frozen by the American government. The cash payment was widely criticized as a ransom payment for U.S. citizens being held captive by Iran.
During her news conference on Thursday, Ambassador Haley presented the media with weapons debris as proof of Iran advancing conflict in the Middle East. Iran providing material support to terrorist organizations does not directly violate the Iran nuclear deal, but it does violate UN Security Council resolution 2231 which bars Iran from advancing their ballistic missile program with specified parameters as well as bars Iran from transferring weapons.
The debris presented to the media consisted of Iranian Qiam missiles given to Houthi rebels. The Iranian missiles are unique in that they lack stabilizer fins and the have the logo of the Iranian manufacturer on the missile. Further adding to her comments, Ambassador Haley said, “We have said everything doesn’t have to be tied to the nuclear deal, but it does have to be tied to the Security Council resolutions. This is a blatant violation of what they are not supposed to be doing. Everybody has tip-toed around Iran in fear of them getting out of the nuclear deal, and they are allowing missiles like this to be fired over innocent civilians.” This missile debris found by the UN and Houthi rebels fired U.S. officials and their target was a commercial airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The move to declassify this evidence against Iran and present it to the American mainstream media is unorthodox, but is seen as a move by the Trump Administration to prove Iran has no intention of calming conflict in the Middle East.
In October, President Trump stated he was ready to de-certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal for their failure to live up to their end of the bargain. Iran also continues to fund and support Hamas and Hezbollah, two organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel, America’s most important ally in the Middle East.
Further concerning Ambassador Haley and her European counterparts is Iran’s blatant and continued violations, and they are concerned that this is only the tip of the iceberg. After the revelation of this new evidence it is likely Iran is scrambling to cover up other illicit activities meant to undermine the security of the United States and allied countries. Ambassador Haley has been hard at work trying to convince the international community Iran must be dealt with in a more sever manner saying, “What I’ve seen from out foreign partners is that now they actually see that the President was right. Now they see that yes, there are problems. Yes, there are other activities because they’re feeling it in their own countries.”
Further complicating this situation is that back in November, Kim Yong-Nam from North Korea met with high level Iranian officials in an apparent move to show the two totalitarian regimes are cooperating with one another and perhaps even collaborating on the proliferation of their respective nuclear programs.
As of yet, the Trump Administration and the UN Security Council have not announced any new sanctions against Iran, but they are certainly coming, with President Trump and Ambassador Haley working hard to make sure Iran understands that they will be held accountable for their violations.