Dec 15, 2017, 2:34 PM
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Iranian-American group denounces Haley's shambolic Powell moment

Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA - National Iranian American Council (NIAC) denounced US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley's allegations at the Defense Intelligence Agency accusing Iran of supplying missiles to Houthi in Yemen:

'Ambassador Haley's dearth of foreign policy experience is no excuse for her shambolic performance today. Rather than displaying the dignity and poise of America's face at the United Nations, she had her Colin Powell 2003 moment, demonstrating that too many of our leaders have still not learned the lessons of the Iraq war disaster. This stunt is particularly galling as it comes on the same day that reports emerged that the U.S. secretly sent advanced weaponry into Syria that ended up in the hands of ISIS and are now a direct threat to American troops and allies,' NIAC Research Director Reza Marashi said in a statement.

The US envoy to UN Nikki Haley on Thursday appeared standing before what she claimed was debris of an Iranian-origin missile shipped to Yemen and then fired to Saudi Arabia.

In response to the allegation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the US for providing its allies with weapons to kill civilians, saying that Tehran has advocated peace and dialogue in Yemen.

'While #Iran has been calling for ceasefire, aid and dialogue in #Yemen from day 1, US has sold weapons enabling its allies to kill civilians and impose famine. No amount of alternative facts or alternative evidence covers up US complicity in war crimes,' Zarif twitted on his account on Friday.

“Contrary to Amb. Haley’s claims, the UN Secretary General’s report did not assert anything irrefutable or definitive about any Iranian violations. Instead, the report indicates that the United Nations is ‘still analyzing the information provided’ in reports from various nations. As is the case with so many claims from the Trump administration, it appears that the facts are being chosen to fit a predetermined narrative or policy goal,' read NIAC statement.

In US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia last May, first foreign trip since he took office, an arms deal worth of 460 billion dollars was signed by the two countries.

'The U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen has not just produced mass human suffering in America’s name, it has empowered Iran in a country where it previously had very little influence. The Saudi-led debacle has also empowered al-Qaeda -- the same al-Qaeda that attacked the United States on 9/11 with 15 Saudi nationals, and continues to plot attacks on the homeland today. Moreover, U.S. missile sales in a volatile region to the increasingly aggressive Saudi Arabia and the UAE have provided the Iranian government with a pretext to further develop its own missile program and cite U.S. military sales as justification,' NIAC's Marashi stressed.

'Haley and her Republican colleagues in government would be wise to heed the words of Albert Einstein: 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,'' he said.

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