US, allies slam Iran for violating United Nations arms embargo on Yemen

Posted March 02, 2018

In Yemen, a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing since 2015 Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels opposed to the internationally recognised government.

The draft resolution, backed by France and the USA, called for unspecified measures in response to the United Nations 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.

Four Western powers have condemned Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo on Yemen a day after Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations resolution taking aim at Tehran over the same issue.

Nine votes and no vetoes from the five permanent council members - Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States - are required to adopt resolutions at the Security Council.

The UN experts last month found Iran was not complying with the embargo because it failed to prevent missiles and drones Iran manufactured from falling into the hands of the Shi'ite rebels, who are allied with Tehran.

The four countries called on Iran to halt all activities immediately that would violate or are "inconsistent with" the 2015 council resolution authorizing the arms embargo.

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"The Panel of Experts' final report outlined Iran's failure to prevent the transfer of Iranian arms and related material, including ballistic missiles, military equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicle technology, to Houthi militias in Yemen".

The Western powers said that the move by the Huthis to fire missiles into Saudi Arabia "has the potential to turn a local conflict into a broader regional one".

According to the country's defence ministry website, more than 17 Houthi rebels were killed in fighting with pro-government forces in Nihm district near the capital Sanaa.

"For how long must #ChildrenUnderAttack in Yemen continue to be killed when it can be avoided?"

He made remarks on what was mentioned in a report on sanctions in Yemen, stressing that the coalition adheres to all standards and human rights laws. It's unsurprising that Russian Federation would provide cover to Iran given the two countries have been allies for years due to their shared hatred toward the West.

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