US, Britain, France, Germany condemn Iran, warn to stop arming Houthi militia

02 March, 2018, 02:37 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • A Yemeni speaks to a volunteer nurse in a health center offering free medical services to needy people in Sanaa

The four Western powers signed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran along with Russian Federation and China.

"Obviously this vote isn't going to make the decision on the nuclear deal".

"What I can say is it doesn't help", she said.

"That just validated a lot of what we already thought, which is Iran gets a pass for its unsafe and illegal behavior", Haley said.

The draft resolution before the UN Security Council called for holding Iran accountable for violating the arms embargo and included a council commitment to take action over it. And yet, Russian Federation still vetoed the condemnation, as they were reportedly skeptical of the experts' conclusions.

Haley thanked the 11 of 15 members of the Security Council that voted to hold Iran accountable for its negligence and illegal behaviors.

China and Kazakhstan abstained, while Bolivia also voted against the measure.

The four countries called on Iran to halt all activities immediately that would violate or are "inconsistent with" the 2015 council resolution authorizing the arms embargo.

A senior Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the worldwide community - and in particular, the Europeans - needed to do more to voice their concerns about Iran's behavior.

The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier. "What we're trying, and have to to actually make these points even clearer than in the past".

Instead of taking advantage of the UNSC as an global mechanism to resolve conflicts, Washington and London have used it merely to legitimize the aggressions and covering up the war crimes committed in Yemen, the spokesman said.

The Saudi-led Coalition to support Legitimacy in Yemen called on the United Nations to put Houthi militants, including Head of the Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, in the list of sanctions issued under resolution 2140.

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.

On Monday, Russia blocked in the UN Security Council a Britain-drafted resolution, which slammed Iran's "non-compliance" with the UN sanctions regime that embargoes arms to the Shiite Houthi militants in Yemen.



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