TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, accused Iran of providing weapons to Houthis in Yemen.
But the evidence she showcased at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling — four weapons provided to the American government by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — fell short of proving her claims.
Defense officials said they could not say exactly when the weapons were given to the Houthis, which means that they could have been transferred before the Security Council resolution was enacted. And in some cases, the officials said that they could not say when the weapons were used.
Defense officials were also unable to say exactly where or when the drone was found. It was evidently turned over without its warhead or guidance system.
Additionally, none of the weapons were capable of delivering nuclear warheads, said Jeffrey Lewis, an analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif.
Iran dismissed her allegations, Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman at Iran’s mission to the United Nations, called them fabricated and part of a pattern of false accusations by Washington, according to Agence France-Presse, the French news agency.