U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appeared before the media Thursday to present evidence of Iran’s continuing meddling in the Middle East. She presented stunning evidence of Iranian weapons systems being used by Houthi jihadists in Yemen against American partners in the region.
In doing so, Iran appears to be violating United Nations sanctions concerning their ballistic missile program, confirmed Laura Seal, a Defense Department spokesperson.
Ambassador Haley briefly discussed Iran’s new weapons systems, which Tehran is allegedly transporting to its terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East. Here’s a further breakdown of the four systems, which includes a ballistic missile, a guided missile, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and exploding “kamikaze” boat technology.
Qiam 1 ballistic missile:
The Qiam 1 is pretty much a carbon copy of North Korea’s Hwasong-6 ballistic missile, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Both are modeled after the Russian-made Scud missile.
It has a maximum range of an estimated 500 miles, and it’s possible that it can carry a nuclear warhead. In December, Houthi militants fired four Qiam 1 missiles into Saudi Arabia, according to the United Nations.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) March 5, 2014
Toophan anti-tank missile:
The Toophan was reverse engineered from the U.S. BGM-71 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missile. Under the pre-revolutionary government in Iran, many U.S. TOW missiles were imported into the country.
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) July 1, 2016
The Qasef 1 is a “kamikaze drone” deployed by the Houthis that copies the same airframe as the Iranian-made Ababil UAV. The Houthis presented the drones to the public in March 2017. The Iranian drone and its variants are in the hands of Hezbollah and the government of Sudan, reports say.
— Drone Reference (@Drone_Reference) February 26, 2017
The unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is an Iranian-made explosive boat that has been used in an attack against a Saudi Arabian frigate, according to the Department of Defense. The deadly explosion killed two and injured three more.
Since the Iran nuclear deal was signed by the Obama administration, Iran has dramatically accelerated its weapons-to-terrorists program, causing widespread chaos throughout the Middle East region.
The regime in Tehran has quadrupled its budget for Hezbollah and continues to fan the flames of terror through direct military action (in Syria and Iraq) and by bolstering terrorist proxies in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia.
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