Russian Federation vetoes UN Yemen resolution targeting Iran

Mar 02, 2018, 02:38
Russian Federation vetoes UN Yemen resolution targeting Iran

Despite "overwhelming evidence" presented in recent weeks by a United Nations panel of experts demonstrating that Iran has not prevented the transfer of arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Russia's veto "protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations said in a statement Monday.

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".

Amir-Abdollahian blasted the British government for drafting the recent anti-Iran resolution at the UN Security Council, which was vetoed by Russian Federation, and said, "Unfortunately the United Kingdom has adopted double-standard policies towards the region".

"If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the US and our partners need to take action on our own", Haley said.

Britain, France, Germany and the United States urged Iran to "immediately cease all activities that are inconsistent or would violate" the UN resolution that established the arms embargo in 2015.

For months now, the United States has been pressurizing to condemn Iran and to enforce sanctions upon the country after Houthi militia fired ballistic missiles towards Saudi Arabia in 2017.

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.

Amir-Abdollahian stressed that Iran supports Yemen's unity and territorial integrity, and that political resolution involving all tribes and parties is the only way to get out of this crisis. "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.

China and Kazakhstan abstained, and Bolivia voted against it.

The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.

Russia's veto of a British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Yemen is a setback for the U.S. as it pushes the United Nations Security Council to take a stronger stance towards Iran over its role in regional conflicts and missile tests.

Meanwhile, Iran's envoy to the United Nations says that the USA and the UK are trying to distract the worldwide community away from Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen by drafting such resolutions.

The UN panel that examined rocket fragments that had been recovered from Saudi Arabia found that they had markings showing that they had been manufactured in Iran.