Iran blames Yemen war on British

UNSC to renew targeted sanctions on Yemen

UNSC to renew targeted sanctions on Yemen

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.

Meanwhile, the Russia-proposed resolution on extending sanctions on Yemen has been unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council, Kuwait's Ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Ayyad Otaibi said after the vote.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday welcomed the adoption of a Russian-drafted resolution on a technical rollover of the Yemen sanctions regime.

In all, 11 nations voted in support of the United Kingdom -sponsored resolution, with China and Kazakhstan abstaining. Negotiations were continuing on Sunday.

The resolution's proposed condemnation of Iran was based on a report by United Nations experts last month which concluded that Tehran was in violation of the 2015 Yemeni arms embargo because it "failed to take the necessary measures" to prevent the transfer of Iranian-made Qiam missiles and drones to Yemen.

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Russian Federation is set to veto a USA -backed bid for the United Nations to take action on Iran for allegedly supplying weapons to terror groups.

Britain and other states wanted to include in the initial draft text of the resolution a condemnation of Iran for violating an arms embargo on Houthis. The document also included concerns about weapons allegedly originating in Iran, being supplied to Yemen despite an arms embargo.

A British draft, which made explicit reference to Iran failing to prevent its weapons falling into the hands of Houthi fighters, was vetoed in favour of a Russian draft that made no reference to Iran's role.

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".

A United Nations report in January said Tehran had breached an arms embargo by failing to stop weapons reaching the Huthis.

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UNITED NATIONS/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russian Federation vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group.

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.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley released a statement accusing Russian Federation of shielding Iran and warned the United States would consider other ways to take action against Tehran.

It also said it was investigating reports that Iranian advisers are working with Houthi forces to fight the Saudi-led coalition.

A council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass. With it, the arms embargo for Yemen is prolonged for a year, but no provision is made for measures against the violation of Iran's bans. Millions of people are on the brink of starvation and more than 22 million - nearly the entire population - are in need, according to humanitarian agencies.

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