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Trump Urges Security Council Members to Fight “Iran’s Destabilization Activities”

President Donald Trump hosted United Nations Security Council ambassadors for lunch at the White House, took them to see remnants of rockets identified as originating in Iran, and urged them to fight “Iran’s destabilization activities” in the region, The New York Times reported [1] Monday.

During his time with the ambassadors, Trump brought them to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling to show them the parts of missiles that had been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, and urged them to oppose “Iran’s destabilization activities in the Middle East” at a White House lunch. The ambassadors were also taken to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to see an exhibit on the atrocities being committed in Syria, where Iran backs the government of Bashar al-Assad.

 

A UN report [5] earlier this month found that Iran had supplied ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. This would be a violation of Resolution 2231, which prohibits [6] Iran from transferring weapons — both conventional weapons and ballistic missiles — to other countries.

“We wanted to bring the Security Council members to see the material so they could decide for themselves,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said about the display of rocket parts. “We believe what the Council saw today makes it clear that the evidence continues to grow that Iran is blatantly ignoring its international obligations.”

In December, she had briefed [7] the media on the missile parts recovered from the Middle East and said that they showed that Iran is the arsonist in the Middle East.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to mock the Trump administration’s efforts. He claimed that the Iranian standards institute whose imprint was seen on some of the rocket parts would only be used for consumer goods.

Saeed Ghasseminejad, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who specializes in Iran, noted that missiles have dual-use components that originate in the commercial sector and would receive certification from the standards institute, undermining Zarif’s contention.

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