Russia Vetoes Anti-Iran Resolution at UN

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

The draft also urged members of the council to take further action against Iran for breaching the arms embargo.

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.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said he opposed the draft, saying it should be about renewing the work of experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen rather than denouncing Iran.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzya said that Moscow can not agree with "unconfirmed conclusions and reports that should be double-checked and discussed by the sanctions committee".

Following the failed vote on the British draft, the council adopted a rival Russian draft that did not mention Iran and simply renewed the United Nations sanctions regime on Yemen for a year.

The UN Security Council's condemnation of Iran for its destabilizing actions in Yemen was blocked by Russian Federation, its ally.

It also claimed that these missiles were used to launch an attack on neighbouring Saudi Arabia - which along with several Sunni Arab countries - have been fighting against the Houthis since March 2015 when the Kingdom intervened to push back the rebels and reinstate the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

A UN Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass.

The UNSC resolution aims to prolong the experts' mandate in Yemen, not to form an anti-Iran coalition in the region, Nebenzia pointed out.

The UK draft would have caused "fracturing of security council and sow discord at a time when the Security Council is in dire need of closing its ranks", he argued, adding that Russia's concerns about the divisive nature of the UK draft were "shared by many delegates".

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 confrontation between the government forces and the Houthis (the supporters of the Ansar Allah movement) has been going on in Yemen since August 2014.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump past year 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.

A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen nearly daily since 2015 as itattempts to dislodge Huthi rebels who seized control of the capital, in a conflict that has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the United Nations.

Iran has described the arms displayed in Washington as "fabricated". The embargo was due to expire at midnight on February 26.

But the United States has accused Iran of being the aggressor and has pressed the UN council repeatedly to take action to punish Tehran.

The approved resolution made no mention of Iran.

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