Nine civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike attacks in Yemen

Lucy Bush
March 2, 2018

Earlier in the month, Britain 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 Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Russia's veto of a British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Yemen is a setback for the USA as it pushes the United Nations Security Council to take a stronger stance towards Iran over its role in regional conflicts and missile tests.

The draft also urged members of the council to take further action against Iran for breaching the arms embargo.

The report by a United Nations panel of experts last month concluded that Iran was in violation after determining that missiles fired by the Huthis at Saudi Arabia previous year were made in Iran.

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The minister continued: "To achieve this strategic goal, the Riyadh-led Arab Coalition in undertaking important political, military, humanitarian and security missions, through which, we will accomplish our goal of a stable and flourishing Yemen acting in its natural environment".

In the press release, Haley stated, "If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran's risky and destabilizing conduct, then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians can not block".

U.S. President Donald Trump has called it the worst deal ever and vowed in January he wouldn't issue more waivers of U.S. sanctions - a requirement under the deal - unless it is amended to prevent Tehran from gradually resuming a variety of now banned nuclear activities.

The council then put to vote the Russian-drafted text, which won unanimous support of the 15 members of the council.

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China and Kazakhstan abstained, and Bolivia voted against it. "If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran's unsafe and destabilizing conduct, then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians can not block".

Saudi Arabia has been leading a mostly Arab military coalition to fight the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by a coalition led by the Saudi regime for nearly three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

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