Security Council faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen

Security Council faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen

Security Council faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen

Britain's deputy envoy to the United Nations, Jonathan Allen, called on Russian Federation to accept the resolution drafted in consultation with the United States and France, which "focuses on the crucial question of ballistic missiles in the light of the outrageous attacks and attempted attacks by the Houthis on civilians in Saudi Arabia and the" United Arab Emirates.

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.

The #Yemen panel of expert also had very harsh words for Saudi Arabia, UAE & coalition for using siege & starvation as a weapon of war.

The vote was 11 in favor, Russian Federation and Bolivia opposed, and China and Kazakhstan abstaining.

Britain drafted the failed U.N. resolution in consultation with the United States and France.

Khoshroo added that Iran rejects the U.S. false claims that Iran handed over weapons to Yemen, emphasizing that those claims are aimed at helping the aggressors.

Britain's deputy United Nations ambassador Jonathan Allen urged council member not to "shy away from calling out those whose actions undermine global peace and security".

But Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia wasn't satisfied.

The resolution's proposed condemnation of Iran was based on a report by United Nations experts last month which concluded that Tehran was in violation of the 2015 Yemeni arms embargo because it "failed to take the necessary measures" to prevent the transfer of Iranian-made Qiam missiles and drones to Yemen.

The 15-member Security Council has to renew its targeted sanctions on Yemen on Monday. "Today, Russia protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", said Nikki Haley, the U.S. permanent representative to the UN. "This is perverse when, in fact, Russia's veto today serves only to protect Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and spread its malign influence".

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

US envoy Kelley Currie accused Russian Federation and other countries that did not support the vetoed resolution to put pressure on Iran of "deciding to shield Tehran from responsibility".

Russian Federation also proposed a rival resolution that did not mention Iran by name but extended the Yemen arms embargo.

Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia welcomed the Security Council's unanimous support of the Russian resolution.

Haley has taken a hawkish stance on Iran, accusing Tehran of sowing instability in the Middle East and failing to live up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Gholamali Khoshroo further went on to dismiss the allegations that his country had been providing weapons to Yemen's Ansarullah movement.

The UN estimates that 17 million people in Yemen - 60 percent of the population - are in need of food aid, of whom 7 million are on the brink of starvation because of the conflict.

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