UNITED NATIONS - Iran is providing Hezbollah terrorists with financing, training and sophisticated weaponry in an attempt to transform Lebanon into an "outpost for terror," Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor said on Monday.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility last week for the launch of an unmanned drone which Israel shot down earlier this month after it flew 25 miles (55 km) into the Jewish state, saying the aircraft's parts were manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

"Iran has provided Hezbollah with the funds, training and advanced weapons to hijack the Lebanese state and transform it into an outpost for terror," Prosor told a UN Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East.

"One does not need any further evidence that Hezbollah is a direct proxy of the Iranian regime," he told the 15-nation council. "Hezbollah's continued provocations could have devastating consequences for the region."

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