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UN Security Council to inspect ‘Iranian-made’ missile debris

Pieces of an Iranian Qiam Ballistic Missile are displayed after intending to prove Iran violated UNSCR 2231 by providing Houthis with arms. (AFP)

The UN Security Council will travel to Washington on Monday to inspect debris from missiles allegedly provided by Iran to Yemen’s Houthi militias and hold meetings at the White House, diplomats said.

The ambassadors are expected to meet with President Donald Trump as the US administration seeks international action against Iran, diplomats said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley last month presented the fragments as “undeniable” evidence that a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militias at Saudi Arabia in November was Iranian-made.

That claim was bolstered when a UN panel of experts concluded in a recent report to the council that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen by failing to block supplies of missiles to the militias.

A placard shows parts of the guidance system to an Iranian Qiam Ballistic Missile on display. (AFP)

Haley has invited her UN counterparts to see the missile debris stored in a warehouse at a Washington military base.

“The evidence is undeniable. The weapons might as well have had ‘Made in Iran’ stickers all over it,” Haley told a press conference last month.

The “evidence” stored in Washington includes other pieces of military material allegedly provided by Iran including fragments of an anti-tank missile and drones.

A separate report last month said UN officials had examined the missile fragments and found that they were of “common origin” but they were unable to reach any firm conclusions about whether Iran was the source.

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Last Update: Friday, 26 January 2018 KSA 08:39 - GMT 05:39
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