Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

UN Resolution Against Iran was Blocked by Russian Federation

UN Resolution Against Iran was Blocked by Russian Federation

Russian Federation maintains that the report's findings are not conclusive enough to justify action against Iran.

In December, US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley posed in front of the partially incinerated remains of a missile, purported to be Iranian-made and fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

"The situation in Yemen is far more complicated than frequently we are made to believe", said Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia.

Iran's envoy to the United Nations added that the United States wanted to use the UN Security Council meeting to put pressure on Iran, but failed due to Russia's veto.

The rival Russian-drafted text presented to the council on Saturday and seen by AFP would extend the sanctions regime on Yemen until February 2019 without any reference to the United Nations report's findings on Iran and possible action targeting Tehran.

UNITED NATIONS/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russian Federation vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group.

It also said it was investigating reports that Iranian advisers are working with Houthi forces to fight the Saudi-led coalition. It received 11 votes in favor, two against - Russian Federation and Bolivia - while China and Kazakhstan abstained.

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.

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After hours of negotiations to try to reach a compromise, Russian Federation made clear that it had strong reservations about the findings of the report and would not support a draft resolution that mentioned them.

It determined that Iran did not comply with a 2015 United Nations arms embargo on Yemen as it did not take action in preventing the direct or indirect flow of missiles to the Houthis.

It followed publication of a report by a United Nations panel of experts on Yemen which concluded that Iran had failed to prevent its missiles and drones falling into the hands of Houthi rebels.

Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country with a population of 26 million, plunged into war in 2014 after the Huthis took over the capital, Sanaa, and forced the internationally recognized government to flee and seek support from neighboring Gulf Arab countries.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, said: 'The Islamic Republic of Iran wants an end to the aggression in Yemen by Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump warned European allies last month that they had to commit by mid-May to work with Washington to improve the pact. In his words, Iran has to take responsibility for its actions.

Iran has described the arms displayed in Washington as "fabricated".

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