Russia Vetoes UN Resolution Blaming Iran for Illegally Arming Yemeni Houthis

Joy Montgomery
March 2, 2018

Despite "overwhelming evidence" presented in recent weeks by a United Nations panel of experts demonstrating that Iran has not prevented the transfer of arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Russia's veto "protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations said in a statement Monday.

Nine votes and no vetoes from the five permanent council members - Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States - are required to adopt resolutions at the Security Council.

"If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the USA and our partners need to take action on our own".

All four countries are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal.

The report in January by experts monitoring sanctions against Iran concluded that Iran was in "non-compliance" with the arms embargo because it failed "to take the necessary measures" to prevent the direct or indirect supply of missiles and drones to Houthi Shiite rebels fighting the Saudi-backed government.

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In response to the vote, US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of shielding Iran and warned the United States would consider other ways to take action against Tehran.

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) had helped 959,879 people, and he said that the number of beneficiaries would exceed a million within two days. The Russian text was adopted as Resolution 2402, in which no reference was made to Iran.

"We don't have any illusions with regard to Iran's policy towards Israel, Iran's role in the region. and also what they do in terms of constructing ballistic missiles", the diplomat 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.

"Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as members of the coalition, and the United Kingdom and the U.S., as their sponsors are responsible for such crisis", he noted, adding that worldwide community is also to be blame as it has kept silent over the crisis.

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