U.S. Displays Undeniable Evidence of Illegal Iranian Arms Exports

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exhibited a collection of Iran’s illegal arms exports—including the remnants of an Iranian missile fired at Riyadh’s international airport from Yemen last month.


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented “undeniable” evidence of Iranian illegal arms exports on Dec. 14 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exhibited a collection of Iran’s illegal arms exports—including the remnants of an Iranian missile fired at Riyadh’s international airport from Yemen last month.  

Yemen's Houthi rebels fired the Iranian Qiam short-range missile with support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC). The missile featured specifications exclusive to the Qiam missile—a nine-valve design and no stabilizer fins. The missile debris also contained the stamped logo of Shahid Bagheri Industries, an Iranian manufacturer. 

The exhibit at Washington, D.C.'s Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling also displayed materials from an Iranian anti-tank guided missile, drone, and SHARK-33 explosive boat. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015, prohibits all Iranian arms exports. Similarly, Security Council Resolution 2216, adopted in April 2015, bars arms exports to Yemen.

“The evidence is undeniable. The weapons might as well have had 'Made in Iran' stickers all over it,” said Amb. Haley. “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,” she added.



The remnants of an Iranian Qiam-class ballistic missile fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in November 2017.




The remnants of an unmanned aerial attack vehicle bearing serial numbers linking its origin to Iran.



An Iranian-made anti-tank missile recovered in Yemen.



An Iranian made camera used for autonomous navigation by a Houthi rebel explosive boat.




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