Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

War in Yemen: US threatens action against Iran after Russia UN veto

War in Yemen: US threatens action against Iran after Russia UN veto

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said this week he opposed the draft, saying it should be about renewing the work of experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen, not condemning Iran.

A group of United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen reported to the Security Council in January that it had "identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo".

Immediately after the resolution was vetoed, the council unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russian Federation to extend the arms embargo on the Yemeni rebels for another year. However, that draft gained only 11 votes in support, with Russian Federation and Bolivia voting against and China and Kazakhstan abstaining. Negotiations were continuing on Sunday.

The report says: "The panel has identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo". Russian Federation maintains that the report's findings are not conclusive enough to justify action against Iran.

Britain had sought to include in its measure an expression of "particular concern" from the council over a United Nations report that found Iran had violated the 2015 arms embargo on Yemen. The council would express "its intention to take additional measures to address these violations", according to the British-drafted text.

However, Moscow has made it clear it will vote down any proposed sanctions on Iran despite evidence showing the country has supplied weapons to Houthi rebels to carry out attacks on the Yemeni government.

In the end the UN Security Council accepted Russian resolution on technical extension of sanctions.

"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.

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"If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran's unsafe and destabilizing conduct, then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians can not block", she said.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, did not acknowledge the findings of the investigative case and said the guilt of Iran was unproven.

More than 10,000 people have died in fighting in Yemen that began as a domestic conflict after Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sanaa.

The Houthi movement has been defending Yemen against a bloody Saudi-led military campaign, which was launched in 2015 with the help of the United States and the UK to reinstall the country's former Riyadh-friendly government.

Britain's United Nations delegation, which drafted the vetoed resolution, had sought to secure Russia's support by removing language condemning Iran for allegedly allowing the transfer of Iranian arms to the Shi'ite rebels as well as removing any threat of United Nations action over the alleged embargo violations.

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

After the Russian veto, US Ambassador Nikki Haley repeated her anti-Russian and anti-Iranian remarks, accusing Russia of protecting "the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran" and warned of further action targeting Iran, AFP reported.

Nebenzia concluded that a consolidated approach is necessary from all global and regional governments, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, to deal with the fundamental issues in Yemen.

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