United Nations faces rival drafts on Iranian missiles to Yemen

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

It comes after Russian Federation vetoed a rival resolution that blamed Iran for fueling the conflict there.

Having said that Russia "fully endorses the majority of the provisions" set forth in the UK-sponsored resolution, Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia noted ahead of the vote that Moscow "cannot concur with uncorroborated conclusions and evidence which requires verification and discussions within the Sanctions Committee". It would also expand sanctions criteria to include "any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen".

Nebenzia noted that Russian Federation wished no misunderstanding on the matter and it fully endorses the majority of the provisions set forth in the resolution, but "cannot concur with uncorroborated conclusions and evidence which requires verification and discussions within the Sanctions Committee".

Russian Federation also proposed a rival resolution that did not mention Iran by name but extended the Yemen arms embargo.

The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favourable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia's veto.

The Iranian mission accused Britain and the United States, both allies and arms suppliers of Saudi Arabia, of being "major military supporters of the war of aggression against Yemen".

Diplomats said Russian Federation could veto the British text, allowing for a vote on its own draft resolution.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, adding that Iran believes the crisis only will be resolved through political dialogue.

It came in response to a report prepared by a United Nations panel of experts, which found that missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels at Saudi Arabia past year were made in Iran.

More than 10,000 people have died in fighting in Yemen that began as a domestic conflict after Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sanaa.

During his first trip to Saudi Arabia previous year, US President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, with options to sell up to $350 billion over a decade.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began a devastating bombing campaign against the Huthis that the United Nations estimates has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million, and created the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

A UN Security Council meeting on February 26, 2018.

Iran has repeatedly denied arming Yemen revolutionaries, stressing that such accusations have been baseless, and lashing out at the global community for Turing a blind eye on the U.S. and Britain for selling Saudi Arabia arms that could be used to commit war crimes in the Arab impoverished country.

Haley has taken a hawkish stance on Iran, accusing Tehran of sowing instability in the Middle East and failing to live up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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