Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen amid Washington's baseless claim that Tehran is providing supply of ballistic missiles to Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on December 15 that such evidence did not warrant an expanded military response from Washington.

On Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appeared standing before parts of a ballistic missile that she claimed Iran delivered to Houthis, which was sacked at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh airport last month.

"It's the reason Ambassador Haley was there and not one of our generals", Mattis said.

"Since the beginning of the illegal invasion of Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to Yemen in the time of Obama in office, American officials have repeatedly said that U.S. is providing Saudis with arms and intelligence", asserted the Iranian official.

"Ambassador Haley was revealing evidence - physical evidence, debris - that we got our hands on that shows they have been providing ballistic missiles to the Huthis", the USA defense minister said. "No amount of alternative facts or alternative evidence covers up USA complicity in war crimes".

"To expose what they are doing is healthy for the global community for their awareness of what's going on there".

The Iranian foreign minister's post came after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claimed Thursday that a missile the Yemeni army had fired at Saudi Arabia last month was supplied by Tehran.

"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 starvation", Zarif tweeted.

Washington has made such allegations against Iran while it provided Saudi Arabia with cluster bombs that kill Yemeni civilians, and supported the Saudi's blockade on the impoverished country, Zarif was quoted as saying.

The Saudi-led coalition has said in a statement that Iran was to blame for a recent Yemeni missile strike on Riyadh, which Iran dismissed categorically.

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