MUNICH, Germany -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to deliver a speech to a high-profile security conference on February 18, a day after the top U.S. envoy to the event warned that Tehran is creating a powerful network of proxies in the Middle East.
Zarif’s address on the third and final day of the Munich Security Conference also comes as the United States, Britain, and France are pushing the UN Security Council to condemn Iran for failing to prevent its missiles from falling into the hands of Huthi rebels in Yemen.
The three allies are also seeking Security Council action against Tehran over what they say are its violations of sanctions related to the missiles.
In his address to the Munich conference, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on February 17 that Iran is providing “destructive weapons” to a network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.
"So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran," McMaster said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to address the Munich conference ahead of Zarif’s speech on February 18.
The final day of the event kicks off with a discussion between a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers moderated by Victoria Nuland, the former U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
With reporting by AP and Reuters