Friday, December 15, 2017

Yemen: Iranian FM terms Nikki Haley’s claim as a 'show'

Iranian FM terms Nikki Haley’s claim as a 'show'
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s claim that Yemen has fired Iran-supplied missile to Saudi Arabia, describing it all as a ‘show’.

“When I was based in UN, I saw this show and what it begat,” Zarif said in a Twitter message on Thursday drawing an analogy between the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s news conference and the famous and all-lie speech of the former US defense minister Collin Powell.

During her press conference on Thursday, Haley appeared standing before what she claimed was debris of a missile from an Iranian-origin dispatched to Yemen and then fired to Saudi Arabia. Tehran has immediately rejected all those charges categorically.

“Following a series of baseless accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past 10 months, the US Ambassador to the UN once again today took the same line accusing the Iranian government of supplying the missile that hit Saudi Arabia on 4 November--an accusation that we categorically reject as unfounded and, at the same time, irresponsible, provocative and destructive. This purportedly evidence, put on public display today, is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier,” said Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN of Gholamali Khoshroo in a statement released in response to Haley’s claims.

“While stressing the Yemenis’ right to self-defense, we reiterate that the crisis has no military solution,” Khoshroo said.
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

1 comment:

  1. The US envoy to the UN was slammed on social media over a speech blaming Iran for a missile launched at a Saudi airport last month. Some accuse Nikki Haley of lying, while others say she's ignoring Yemeni civilians' struggles...

    Delivering a speech at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military installation in Washington DC, Haley stood in front of the exact missile that was intercepted by Saudi Arabia on November 4. "As you know, we do not usually declassify this type of military equipment recovered from these attacks. But today, we are taking an extraordinary step of presenting it here, in an open setting," she said.

    Haley blamed the missile attack on Iran, alleging that it supplied the weapon to Yemeni Houthi rebels. "The Iranian regime cannot be allowed to engage in its lawless behavior any longer... the fight against Iranian aggression is the world's fight," the UN envoy stated, stressing that Riyadh's civilian airport was the intended target of the missile attack.

    The Iranian government has yet to respond to Haley's Thursday speech......


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