United Nations to vote Monday on resolution that would condemn Iran

Lana Nusseibeh Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations is hopeful that the Security Council will back a resolution expressing concern that Iran is supplying rockets to Houthi rebels in Yemen. Christopher Pike  The Natio

Russian Federation has vetoed a Western-sponsored United Nations resolution aimed at pressuring Iran over alleged violations of the UN's arms embargo on Yemeni rebels.

Russian Federation on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that expresses concern over Iran's violations of UN sanctions in Yemen.

Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba is the current council president.

Commenting on the veto, a representative of the USA mission to the UN said that the United States would continue telling the world about Iran's harmful actions until Tehran halts its activities, undermining stability in the Middle East.

"As a result, the panel finds that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of resolution 2216 (2015) in that it failed to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer, of Borkan-2H short-range ballistic missiles, field storage tanks for liquid bi-propellant oxidizer for missiles and Ababil-T (Qasef-1) unmanned aerial vehicles, to the then Houthi-Saleh alliance".

The British-drafted resolution called to condemn Iran for violating a United Nations arms embargo by providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen, as well as to take future action against Tehran.

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"We do not send weapons to Yemen", Qassemi said. "Today, Russia protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", said Nikki Haley, the United States permanent representative to the UN.

But Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow objected to the panel's "selective and contentious conclusions" which have not been verified or corroborated.

The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia's veto.

Tehran, meanwhile, said it "categorically rejects" all the allegations around its supposed arms supplies to Houthi rebels in Yemen, calling the UK-submitted draft an attempt to deflect attention from the "catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen", caused by the Saudi-led coalition bombings.

Illustrative image of tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels chanting slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts to fight pro-government forces, in Sana'a, Yemen, January 3, 2017.

The text 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.

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A proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and USA ally Saudi Arabia.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump a year ago agreed to sell the Saudis more than $100 billion in weapons, despite concerns among some members of Congress about the toll on Yemeni civilians from the Saudis' bombing campaign. She did not say when or where the missile was used or fired, or its location when found. Tehran insists it has not violated the embargo and dismissed the accusations, describing the "evidence" showcased by Haley as "fabricated".

A United Nations resolution condemning Iran for violating an arms sanction against Yemen was vetoed by Russian Federation. The draft was vetoed by Bolivia and Russian Federation, while China and Kazakhstan abstained from the vote.

After the veto, the council unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted measure that extended for one year the sanctions regime against Yemen, but that text made no mention of Iran.

A UN Security Council meeting on February 26, 2018.

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