On December 12th 2018 at a UN Security Council meeting, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, brought forth allegations that Iran, in its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, are attempting to circumvent UN Resolution 2331, which places restrictions on the country’s conventional weapon and ballistic missile technology. An Iranian Official responded that the Islamic Republic “will not and cannot compromise on its security and its conventional defensive capability”.
Significance: Given the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran no longer feels as tightly bound by the conditions and restrictions that it imposed. As such, the US must take additional measures to ensure that Iran does not seek to fortify either its nuclear programs, or its conventional ballistic missile systems – which are not covered under the JCPOA. Iran will continue to advance its support for Houthi rebels, as it perceives them as legitimate threats to its security, and the balance of power in the region.See article here: https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2019-01/news/us-iran-spar-over-ballistic-missiles