McMaster says that Iran’s goal is to establish regional hegemony for itself by weakening the Arab states. In fact, Arab states have continually complained about Iran’s grasp, which has reached throughout the region.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Iran’s activities were not surprising. She wrote, “Since the signing of the nuclear agreement, Iran’s support of dangerous militias has markedly increased. Its missiles are turning up in war zones all across the Middle East.”
She explained that, “A panel of experts found that Iran is violating a United Nations weapons embargo — specifically, that missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia last year were made in Iran.”
Also warning about the sophistication levels the Iranian weapons have reached, McMaster went on to say that the time was ripe to act against Iran.
The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was supposed to curb Iran’s nuclear program. US President Trump called it, “the worst deal ever made” and said is has emboldened Iran, and opened up its economy to foreign investment. The deal has given Iran the money to fund wars, and the Arab people have suffered in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
The Houthis in Yemen have been launching the Iranian-made missiles that Ambassador Haley referred to, at Saudi Arabia for more than a year. Riyadh has been targeted, but fortunately, the missiles were intercepted. Although the Iranian-aligned Houthis have launched scores of missiles at the kingdom, the have caused little serious damage. However, they have deepened tensions between Riyadh and Tehran. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, called Iran’s supply of rockets to the Houthis “direct military aggression” that could be an “act of war.”
The international community’s been called upon to hold Iran accountable for its weapons smuggling into Yemen. An article published by Track Persia says that, “The international community should act immediately at the UN Security Council and hold Iran accountable for such transgressions. World powers should also threaten to pull out of the nuclear accord if such destabilising and aggressive behaviour continues against Arab states.”