"This is the time to beat the drums against Iran and the best thing they could find are some missile parts", McGovern said, adding that while the missile might indeed have originated in Iran, it was used by Haley "to deflect a conversation from the fact that a million people in Yemen now have cholera, 70 percent of the Yemenis now depend on outside food to survive." .
"This is not just about the nuclear program".
"It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen", Haley told reporters at a military hangar outside Washington.
At her conference, which took place in a warehouse at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, Haley stood before the remnants of the Burkan (Volcano) 2-H short-range ballistic missile that she said was sacked by Houthi rebels toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh last month.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also took to twitter to compare Haley's allegations against Iran to those of former United States secretary of defense, Colin Powell, who alleged in 2003 that former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, was hiding weapons of mass destruction in order to make a case for attacking the country.
The crisis has deteriorated under Saudi Arabia's month-long blockade of desperately needed aid supplies in Yemen, where almost 70 percent of the population depends on foreign aid to survive.
Saudi Arabia also condemned the Iranian regime for the violations of worldwide resolutions, including Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, which prohibit supplying weapons to any extra-state militias in Lebanon (under Chapter VII), as well as Security Council resolutions 2231 and 2216, Al-Arabiya reported.
The Iranian mission said the accusations leveled by Haley were meant to divert attention from the devastating war in Yemen being led by Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally.
Washington has been an even more vocal backer of Saudi Arabia's regional policies under President Donald Trump, particularly Riyadh's hawkish posture against Iran and its allies.
This chart showing, according to the State Department, the missile range of covert Iraqi SCUD missiles, as well as the range of a new experimental unmanned aerial missile (UAV) that could carry chemical and biological weapons, was released by the Department of State February 5, 2003 at the United Nations Security Council in New York City. "From there it was sacked at a civilian airport with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia", she said. "They haven't given it to anybody else", Seal said.
Haley's message underscored Trump's largely unwavering support for Saudi Arabia since his election. Iran also said its "military capabilities, including ballistic missiles, have not been created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons and thus are outside the purview of the Security Council resolution", Guterres said. One piece of computer equipment had been mined to extract photos that officials said were taken at a facility of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. In addition, USA officials highlighted technology inside the missile, in both its propulsion and guidance systems, that they said bore the stamp of Iranian defense contractors. In Haley's case, the other members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Germany, have stuck to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that Trump's administration has demanded must be renegotiated or scrapped. His administration provided the coalition with arms and logistics support. The next certification deadline is in January. "It is an order of magnitude more difficult to prove that to a European or Japanese official, and it's still harder to convince them that it's all Iran's fault that the war in Yemen is where it is".
But the report, while citing military material presented by Saudi Arabia, stops short of fully embracing Haley's conclusions, saying that the UN Secretariat is "still analysing the information collected".