Update: Haley presented missile wreckage purported to be of Iranian origin: “We have said everything doesn’t have to be tied to the nuclear deal, but it does have to be tied to the security council resolutions. This is blatant violation of what they are not supposed to be doing. Everybody has tip-toed around Iran in fear of them getting out of the nuclear deal, and they are allowing missiles like this to be fired over to innocent civilians.”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is set to present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal, that was championed by the Obama administration and has been vilified by the Trump administration for giving Tehran too much leeway to eventually further its nuclear program.
Haley will hold a press conference at 11:30 am EST at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C. to “outline Iran’s ongoing destabilizing activities in the Middle East region and elsewhere in the world,” read a release posted to the U.S. Mission to the UN website.
“During the briefing, Ambassador Haley will offer irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations.”
President Trump decertified the Iran deal in October, blasting Tehran as a “fanatical regime” and claiming that the country has essentially violated the 2015 agreement.
“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said at the time. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”
In doing so, Trump handed the issue over to Congress, which chose not to act earlier this week when the 60-day review period came to a close. Congress had the option to apply sanctions and withdraw from the deal or to renegotiate the deal altogether, but lawmakers remained conspicuously silent on the matter.
Some outlets have reported that Haley will air accusations against Iran for providing arms to the Houthi rebels currently fighting against Yemeni government forces. While Iran denies doing so – and such arms sales would not violate the deal as written – the Trump administration has argued that such activities go against the spirit of the agreement.