Nikki Haley: Houthi missile on Saudi Arabia ‘bears hallmarks’ of Iran arms attacks

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East. (Reuters)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said a missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi group toward Riyadh on Tuesday "bears all the hallmarks of previous attacks using Iranian-provided weapons."

Saudi air defenses shot down the ballistic missile, the Saudi-led coalition said. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

This statement came during a special session of the Security Council to discuss the commitment of Iran to implement the terms of the nuclear agreement in accordance with UN resolution 2231.

"If we do nothing about the missiles fired at Saudi Arabia, we will not be able to stop the violence," warned Haley.

"There is clear evidence that the missiles that landed on Saudi Arabia come from Iran," she said.

She asked the American delegate about the nature of the situation if those missiles were aimed at Europe or America, stressing that Saudi Arabia is a G20.

"We have an opportunity to confront the Iranian regime, which violates Security Council resolutions," she added.

"Iran's aggressive actions will be intensified if not addressed," she said, adding that "America will continue to provide the United Nations and the Security Council with information about Iran's aggressive activities."

She stressed the need to adopt a new international resolution that increases pressure on Tehran.

The EU's representative to the United Nations said on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program is subject to verification.

He called on the EU to address the issue of the Iranian missiles, pointing to the need to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.

The representative of the European Union urged the parties in the Middle East to avoid escalation.

In his speech, the Egyptian delegate to the Security Council called on Iran to stop any activities that would fuel conflict in the region.

(With Reuters)

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