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02 March 2018, 03:57 | Floyd Cook
Boys walk as they flee an area where air strikes hit a house in Saada Yemen Thomson Reuters
In response to the vote, US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of shielding Iran and warned the United States would consider other ways to take action against Tehran.
"That just validated a lot of what we already thought, which is Iran gets a pass for its unsafe and illegal behavior", Haley said.
Haley held the Security Council accountable for the defeat, "The Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that would have called out Iran for its actions".
All four countries are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal.
He said the Britain-drafted resolution "turned into another setback, particularly for the United States".
France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and United States issued a joint statement late on February 27 saying that Iran's failure to comply with the arms embargo, as determined by a panel of UN experts last month, "poses serious risks to peace and stability in the region".
Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Bulgaria on Tuesday, Zarif said since the very beginning of the Yemeni crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized that the only solution to the crisis is a political one.
China and Kazakhstan abstained, while Bolivia also voted against the measure.
The joint condemnation came a day after Russian Federation vetoed a British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Yemen. "What we're trying, and have to do.is to actually make these points even clearer than in the past".
A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government has been fighting the Huthis since 2015 in a war that has led to what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
He proceeded to say that the aforementioned countries had been using the mechanisms of the UNSC to cover up the "war crimes" committed by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen.
"Iran has spiritual and emotional ties with Houthi Ansarullah movement and politically support them to help Yemen secure its sovereignty", he added, asked about Tehran's relations with the Houthis.
After Russia's veto, the Security Council adopted a rival Russian draft that did not mention Iran and simply renewed the United Nations sanctions regime on Yemen for a year, Reuters reported.
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