At a press #conference held the week of December 11, the U.S. Ambassador to the #United Nations, Nikki Haley, showed evidence that she indicated was concrete proof of #Iran’s violation of the missile agreement, along with several UN resolutions.
“In this warehouse is concrete evidence of illegal Iranian weapons proliferation, gathered from direct military attacks on partners in the region,” said Haley, standing in front of a charred ballistic missile the size of a car. “These are the recovered pieces of a missile fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia. The missile’s intended target was a civilian airport in Riyadh through which tens of thousands of passengers travel each day.”
These recovered pieces indicate that Iran has been giving missiles to the Yemen rebels, and Haley argued that international sanctions must be made stronger to send a message to the regime. However, U.S. officials acknowledged that they cannot definitively prove when the weapons were given to the militants and there are some missiles that can’t be verified as to their maker or origin. However, other countries have indicated there is evidence that Iran has been active in Yemen. The munitions were provided to the Pentagon by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the #United Arab Emirates (UAE). The missile’s target was a civilian airport in Riyadh.
#Saudi Arabia is a long-time rival of the Iranian regime in the region and has been active in calling out the growing influence of the mullahs throughout the Middle East. Under the terms of the nuclear agreement, Iran is barred from selling weapons without the approval of the #UN Security Council. Yet, it appears that the regime is disregarding that mandate to line its coffers with funds from various rebel groups. At the same time, this campaign extends the influence of the regime even further in the region.
#Iran’s regime has military forces or its militias in Iraq, #Syria, and #Lebanon. Selling arms in Yemen is just one step closer to the regime having boots on the ground.
“Iran’s regime is trying to impose its control on the economy and political situation in Iraq. We need to ensure that they don’t succeed,” said Jacques Boutault, Mayor of Paris’ 2nd District at the conference in Paris.
All of these countries are seeing an increase in Iran’s political influence. Yet, this increasing influence in the region is coming at a price for the regime, as crises continue to mount at home.
“The international community has finally acknowledged the dangers and threats posed by the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) albeit long overdue. These statements are a positive step forward but not sufficient to confront the increasing dangers caused by this destructive force and the heavy price the nations ink the region have paid because of western governments’ appeasement of the regime over so many years,” said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), at a recent conference held in Paris on December 16. The conference was entitled, “Explosive Conditions in Iran, Mullahs’ Regime in Crises.”
Rajavi also indicated that mounting crises at home are impacting the regime’s ability to maintain their power over the Iranian people. As the regime clamps down, there is evidence of increasing social unrest.
“The #Iranian people are the main victims of the mullahs’ regime. It’s time for the UK government and others to proscribe the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. The UK government should also expel agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence,” said Dr. Matthew Offord, a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Maryam Rajavi, Paris, France,During Haley’s presentation of the missile remains, she seemed confident that the U.S. be able to build an international coalition against the regime, but other leaders expressed doubts that such a coalition is possible. The biggest issue is the friendly ties with Iran that China and Russia enjoy. Both countries are on the UN Security Council and can serve to block any strong measures meant to curb the regime’s activities.
“You will see us build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what they’re doing,” said Haley. The British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft was skeptical that the display would sway the UN Security Council, but he said, “We’re going to be pursuing with them nonetheless.”
In the meantime, the U.S. has listed the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization and encouraged other countries to follow their lead. For the NCRI, this is a good start, but there is a need to proactively remove the IRGC and its influence from various countries throughout the Middle East.