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Iran Blasts US Allegations Over Missile Supply Amid Anti-Tehran Resolution Veto

© REUTERS / Eduardo MunozMembers of the United Nations Security Council vote for ceasefire to Syrian bombing in eastern Ghouta, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018
Members of the United Nations Security Council vote for ceasefire to Syrian bombing in eastern Ghouta, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi has dubbed US claims over the alleged supply of missiles to Yemen to be "biased" amid the recent UK-drafted resolution, vetoed by Russia in the UN Security Council.

"I think that the biased nature of these allegations and the method for regulating expert reports of the Commission of Inquiry on Yemen and the UN Security Council is fully clear," Araqchi said, adding that Tehran would continue its policy in the region as it "meets the governments' interests."

Commenting on the veto, a representative of the US mission to the UN said that the United States would continue telling the world about Iran’s harmful actions until Tehran halts its activities, undermining stability in the Middle East.

"We will not stop until Tehran is stopped," Kelley Eckels-Currie said as quoted by the UN press service in a statement.

Eckels-Currie continued by saying that the Russian veto was aimed at protecting Iran and its activities in the region. The US representative also accused Bolivia, Russia, and Kazakhstan of protecting Iran from being held accountable for its alleged actions promoting chaos in the Middle East.

The US diplomat stressed that the actions of these countries, which had counteracted the UK-drafted resolution, would not go unanswered.

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Earlier in the day, the UK-drafted resolution, prolonging the sanctions against Yemen and a mandate of experts monitoring their implementation was voted on by the UN Security Council (UNSC). The document also included concerns about weapons allegedly originating in Iran, being supplied to Yemen despite an arms embargo. The draft was vetoed by Bolivia and Russia, while China and Kazakhstan abstained from the vote.

Commenting on the veto, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley told reporters that the US and its partners would take actons on their own if "Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran."

After the UNSC failed to pass the UK-drafted resolution, Russia proposed its own draft later on Monday, which was subsequently and unequivocally adopted by the UNSC.

Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia praised the UNSC decision to adopt the draft, noting that it would open possibilities for further joint work on the Yemeni settlement and the improvement of the situation in the region as a whole.

The Russian diplomat called for cooperation by key regional players, particularly Riyadh and Tehran, to settle the situation in Yemen.

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Answering Eckels-Currie’s claims, Nebenzia explained that Moscow did not mean to undermine the adoption of the UK draft by any means, citing the failure to agree on certain key formulations in the document.

The UNSC resolution aims to prolong the experts' mandate in Yemen, not to form an anti-Iran coalition in the region, Nebenzia pointed out.

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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.

Yemen has been engulfed in a conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah. Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom, has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

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