Trump accuses Iran of 'destabilizing' efforts

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) – President Donald Trump today accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, as his United Nations ambassador sought to bolster that argument by showing fellow envoys what she said was debris from an Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia.

Meeting at the White House with members of the UN Security Council and his own national security team, Trump said the group had "much work" to do. He drew up a daunting list of objectives, including countering "Iran's destabilisation activities," ending the Syrian conflict, combating terrorism and denuclearising North Korea.

Earlier, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in a puppet show took her fellow Security Council members to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington to show them the missile debris.

"The evidence continues to grow that Iran is blatantly ignoring its international obligations," Haley claimed afterward. "Iran's aggression is a threat not just to its neighbours but to the entire world."

Haley is seeking to persuade the Security Council to take action against Iran, possibly by imposing sanctions, but will likely face opposition from member states.

US officials say the twisted metal fragments on display at the base come from an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile provided to Houthi rebels in Yemen, who fired it in November at an international airport near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

But Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter today to dismiss the missile display as "fake news," calling it a "Trump & Co. attempt to create an Iranphobic narrative at the UN Security Council ... (using) fake 'evidence.'"

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