Russia Vetoes UNSCR to Pressure Iran over Yemen
A UK-drafted resolution to pressure Iran over alleged weapons supplies to Yemeni fighters was vetoed by Russia at the UN Security Council.
The resolution gained 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was halted by Russia's veto.
"We cannot concur with uncorroborated conclusions and evidence which requires verification and discussions within the sanctions committee," Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council.
Earlier in the month, the United Kingdom circulated a draft resolution that would renew sanctions on Yemen for another year and also "condemns" Iran for allegedly breaching the 2015 arms embargo on the country by "failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer" of short-range ballistic missiles, UAVs and other military equipment to Yemen's Ansarullah revolutionary movement.
The Ansarullah has been defending Yemen against a bloody Saudi-led military campaign, which was launched in 2015 with the help of the US and the UK to reinstall the country's former Riyadh-friendly government.
Meanwhile, the draft resolution, backed by France and the US, called for unspecified measures in response to the UN report about Iran's alleged role in Yemen, stressing that the UNSC will take "additional measures to address these violations," and that "any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen" is a criteria for sanctions.
A group of UN 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."
The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.
Both Tehran and Sana'a have repeatedly rejected the allegations as a fabricated scenario, and said the armed forces of Yemen have strengthened their missile power on their own.
Meanwhile, Iran's envoy to the UN said that the US and the UK are trying to distract the international community away from the Saudi war crimes in Yemen by drafting such resolutions.
Gholamali Khoshroo further dismissed the allegations that his country had been providing weapons to Yemen's Ansarullah movement.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team