When President Donald Trump introduced his administration’s comprehensive policy toward Iran earlier this year, he urged U.S. allies to join the United States in taking strong action to counter the regime’s support for terrorist proxies and destabilizing activities in the region.
Physical remnants from those activities went on display in Washington recently, when U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley stood before recovered military debris in a warehouse in Washington. Ambassador Haley said the display showed “concrete evidence of illegal Iranian weapons proliferation, gathered from direct military attacks on our partners” in the Middle East:
“Behind me is an example of one of these attacks. These are the recovered pieces of a missile fired by Houthi militants. . . It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen. From there it was fired at a civilian airport, with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia.”
The warehouse also contained recovered material from an anti-tank guided missile, an unmanned aerial vehicle known as a kamikaze drone, and material from an explosive boat that contains a warhead that detonates on impact.
“All of these weapons include parts made in Iran, some by Iran’s government-run defense industry. All are proof that Iran is defying the international community. And not just one time. This evidence demonstrates a pattern of behavior in which Iran sows conflict and extremism in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”
“The evidence is undeniable,” Ambassador Haley declared. “The weapons might as well have had ‘Made in Iran’ stickers all over [them].”
“Iran,” she said, “is determined to undermine the international consensus against its conduct. We must speak with one voice in exposing the regime for what it is: a threat to the peace and security of the entire world. We call on all nations to join us in a united front resisting this global threat.”