U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: Indisputable evidence of Iranian violation of U.N. resolutions

NEW YORK – In a report released Thursday emphasizing Iran’s involvement in supplying weapons to several groups in the region, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres told the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) that the cruise missiles that attacked oil installations and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of Iranian origin. Fragments of the missiles, as well as other related materials which the U.S. had recovered in November 2019 and February 2020, were determined to be of Iranian origin.

Guterres added that some of the weapons were similar to those produced by a commercial entity in Iran. Others were delivered to Iran between February 2016 and April 2018. The weapons may have been transferred in a manner contrary to a UNSC resolution from 2015 that prohibits Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft stated that the U.S. would soon circulate a draft resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran. In case the event that the resolution isn’t passed, the U.S. would reactivate all previous U.N. sanctions against Iran, according to the nuclear agreement, despite the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement in 2018.