News ID: 208968
Published: 0331 GMT January 28, 2018

MP: Trump's attempt to demonize Iran ‘beating the air'

MP: Trump's attempt to demonize Iran ‘beating the air'

A senior Iranian lawmaker said US President Donald Trump's effort to demonize Iran by accusing the Islamic Republic of supplying ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi fighters is futile and an example of "beating the air."

"Trump is making desperate efforts to portray a negative image of the Islamic Republic of Iran and I believe these measures are [like] beating the air," Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Sunday.

He pointed to his recent visit to Brussels, which took place at the invitation of the European Parliament, saying that European countries have no positive view of measures taken by US officials, particularly Trump.

"They were critical of Trump's performance in domestic, foreign and regional policies. Therefore, it seems that Trump wants to portray a negative image of Iran given widespread criticism of him, his performance, and the influence that the Zionist regime sways over him," the senior Iranian lawmaker said.

Boroujerdi emphasized that the claim by the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley about Iran providing Yemen’s Houthi fighters with ballistic missiles was in line with measures taken by the Israel-Saudi Arabia-US triangle.

On December 14, Haley presented what she claimed to be "undeniable" evidence, including the allegedly recovered pieces of a Yemeni missile, saying it proved that Iran was violating international law by giving missiles to the Houthi movement.

The Houthis have been fighting back a Saudi-led aggression with allied Yemeni army troops and tribal fighters since March 2015.

A few days later, she said that the UN Security Council could strengthen the provisions in Resolution 2231, which was approved in July 2015 to endorse the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, or adopt a new resolution banning Tehran from all activities related to ballistic missiles.

Iran's UN mission categorically dismissed Haley's allegations against the Islamic Republic as "unfounded," stressing that "this purported evidence ... is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier."

"These accusations seek also to cover up the Saudi war crimes in Yemen with the US complicity, and divert international and regional attention from the stalemate war of aggression against the Yemenis," the mission said in a statement.

Moreover, a panel appointed by the Security Council said that it had seen no evidence to support the claims that missiles had been transferred to Houthi fighters by external sources.

United Nations Security Council envoys are set to visit a military hangar in Washington on Monday, where the US envoy to the UN presented the remnants of an alleged Iranian-made ballistic missile fired from Yemen on November 4 at the King Khalid International Airport near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

According to the US's UN mission, Haley and her 14 council colleagues will also lunch with US President Donald Trump.

In addition to the US lobbying efforts against Iran's missile activities, the Trump administration has for months been threatening to quit the nuclear accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if its “disastrous flaws” are not fixed.

Speaking at the end of a weeklong European trip in Warsaw on Saturday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that working groups on fixing the "flaws" in the deal had already begun to meet.

Tillerson claimed that he had secured support from Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to the JCPOA, to work on the agreement.

"The working groups have already begun to meet on efforts to agree principles, what is the scope of what we attempt to address and also how much we engage Iran on discussions to address these issues," he said.

The top US diplomat further said the nuclear deal was only a "small" part of Washington's policy in the Middle East and Washington was more concerned about Iran's alleged support for the Houthis.

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