Iran Demands to Examine Missile Parts Displayed by US Envoy

News Brief — Dec 17, 2017

Iran wants to the examine missile parts that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations displayed last week as evidence that Tehran has been arming Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami says Iran will file a formal letter of complaint with the U.N. and demand that “parts of the missile be delivered to Iran” for examination.
He told the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Monday that U.S. allegations cannot be “answered remotely.”
Meanwhile the Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for Political Affairs Brigadier General Rasoul Sanayee Raad has dismissed the allegations as “baseless”.
Speaking to Iran’s Fars News, he said that the latest U.S. allegations made Tehran all the more determined to retain and develop its missiles:
“We should have an efficient capability to defend ourselves and the missile power actually gives us deterrence power,” he said.
Last Thursday U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley showed off the missile parts to the press at a military base near Washington. She told journalists that the projectile was supplied by Iran and launched by Yemen’s Houthis at the airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Iran has dismissed Haley’s allegations as “fake and fabricated” and is now calling Washington’s bluff with demands that it inspect the missile parts.
Will Washington comply and risk having its claims exposed as lies? Or will it gather some Iranian missile debris from elsewhere and present that as “evidence”?

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