Ambassador Haley Highlights Iranian Threat to Peace and Security

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speaks in front recovered segments of an Iranian rocket during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speaks in front recovered segments of an Iranian rocket during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Ambassador Haley Highlights Iranian Threat to Peace and Security

On December 14, Ambassador Nikki Haley, held a press conference to highlight recent findings communicated in the United Nations 2231 Implementation Report.  This was the Secretary-General’s fourth report detailing Iranian compliance – or noncompliance – with United Nations Resolution 2231. That UN resolution places specific prohibitions on Iranian conduct.  “The United States welcomes this report, as should every nation concerned about Iranian expansion. We are grateful for the depth of the U.N.'s inspection and analysis,” Ambassador Haley noted.

The ambassador outlined Iran’s ongoing destabilizing activities in the Middle East region and elsewhere in the world. Ambassador Haley said, “As President Trump announced on October 13, the United States is taking a new approach to Iran by focusing on all of the regime’s destabilizing behavior. That means we are focused not just on the nuclear program. We’re also taking a hard look at Iran’s ballistic missile program, its arms exports, and its support for terrorists, proxy fighters, and dictators. Our new strategy was prompted by the undeniable fact that the Iranian regime’s behavior is growing worse. The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime’s conduct in other areas. Aid from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to dangerous militias and terror groups is increasing. Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region. It’s hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.”

During the briefing, Ambassador Haley offered irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations‎ -- including parts from missiles and explosives manufactured in Iran and used to target civilians in attacks.  Ambassador Haley said, “As you know, we do not often 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. We did this for a single, urgent purpose: because the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to engage in its lawless behavior any longer. International peace and security depends on us working together against the Iranian regime’s hostile actions.”

She continued, “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.”

Ambassador Haley underscored that the evidence presented “is part of what has led the U.S. intelligence community to conclude, unequivocally, that these weapons were supplied by the Iranian regime.”

As Ambassador Haley concluded her remarks, she made clear that, the United States stands ready to share what we know to further the cause of peace. She asked the United States’ friends and allies to do the same. “Iran 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.”

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.

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