Russian Federation vetoes anti-Iran UN Security Council resolution

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The United States, Britain, France and Germany have condemned Iran on Tuesday in a joint statement for breaking UN law prohibiting supply of arms to Yemen.

Russian Federation has questioned the expert's report, with Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia referring to its findings as "uncorroborated conclusions and evidence which requires verification".

The unanimous vote followed a Russian veto of a UK-drafted text that contained language of Iranian "non-compliance" with the United Nations sanctions regime against individuals and entities deemed to be engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Monday called the panel's "selective and contentious conclusions" unverified and uncorroborated. According to Al Jazeera, the draft also urged members of the U.N. Security Council to take further action against Iran for breaching the arms embargo. Nebenzia added that Russian Federation could not vote for a resolution that included such findings, as it would be "dangerous" and "escalate regional tensions".

A Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 to try to restore its president to power has conducted frequent air strikes targeting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels and has often hit civilians, although denies ever doing so intentionally.


The Western powers said that the move by the Huthis to fire missiles into Saudi Arabia "has the potential to turn a local conflict into a broader regional one".

"Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as members of the coalition, and the United Kingdom and the USA, as their sponsors are responsible for such crisis", he noted, adding that global community is also to be blame as it has kept silent over the crisis.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

After the start of Saudi bombings of the Yemeni people, Iran proposed a four-point peace plan, which included an immediate ceasefire, the dispatch of humanitarian assistance, Yemeni-Yemeni negotiation and formation of an inclusive government, he stated.

Unless more is done by US allies to deter Iran, Trump has said he will stop waiving USA sanctions against Iran as required under the nuclear deal in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. "I told him over 65% of Shiites in Bahrain are being seriously discriminated against, and Hammond said he knows about the Shiite "minority" living in Bahrain", the Iranian official noted.

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