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 would also expand sanctions criteria to include "any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen".
The latest British draft dropped the condemnation and instead expressed concern that United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions reported Iran had violated a targeted arms embargo by failing to stop missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles reaching the Houthis.
But on February 26, Nebenzya said the US conclusion that Iran had supplied the rebels was "uncorroborated" and he said the evidence "requires verification and discussions within the sanctions committee" before the United Nations council can act on it.
Russian Federation also proposed a rival resolution that did not mention Iran by name but extended the Yemen arms embargo.
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The UN Security Council's condemnation of Iran for its destabilizing actions in Yemen was blocked by Russian Federation, its ally.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen against the government, a claim Tehran has consistently denied, however, admitting political support for the Shiite movement.
Diplomats said Russian Federation could veto the British text, allowing for a vote on its own draft resolution.
On Monday, a UK-drafted text was blocked by Russian Federation in the UN Security Council.
"Such blame games are being played by those who are fanning the flames of war and bloodshed in Yemen".
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The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.
West and its regional allies have accused the Islamic republic of violating the United Nations arms ban to the militants in Yemen.
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. In his words, Iran has to take responsibility for its actions. She did not say when or where the missile was used or fired, or its location when found. Tehran insists it has not violated the embargo and dismissed the accusations, describing the "evidence" showcased by Haley as "fabricated".
No mention of this by United Kingdom at #UNSC & in resolution?
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