Iran Says Evidence It Arms Yemen Rebels Is Fabricated

Iran’s foreign minister attacked the evidence U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley used to back up the U.S. claim that Iran is arming Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran. July 29, 2015
Reuters

Iran’s foreign minister says somebody “fabricated” evidence that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations used to back up the U.S. claim that Iran is arming Houthi rebels in Yemen.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley took journalists in November and the Security Council in late January to see fragments recovered from missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia. The parts bore logos that the U.S. said indicated Iranian origin.

But Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells The Associated Press that a large missile part had the Iranian logo used on “cheese puffs” — not on military hardware.

Zarif says the part had the logo of “the Standard Institute of Iran.” He says that logo is put on consumer goods as a sign of quality, showing “that your cheese puffs will not give you a stomach ache.”

Zarif isn’t saying that Haley fabricated the evidence, but that “somebody” did and she used it.