Russian Federation vetoes anti-Iran UN Security Council resolution

Iran: US, US Covering up War Crimes Committed by Saudi in Yemen

The U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against Iran released a report in January that concluded Iran was not complying with the arms embargo because it failed "to take the necessary measures" to prevent the supply of missiles and drones to Houthi Shiite rebels fighting the internationally-recognised government.

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said Tuesday that the Britain-drafted text aimed to cover up Saudi Arabia's crimes in Yemen.

Russian Federation has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution based on a UN report condemning Iran for violating an arms embargo by sending weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The legitimate Yemeni government had to seek support from neighbouring Gulf countries and in March 2015, an Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the USA, entered Yemen to restore that government.

The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.

The report by a United Nations panel of experts in January concluded that Iran was in violation after determining that missiles fired by the Houthis at Saudi Arabia past year were made in Iran.

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"In spite of a mountain of credible, independent evidence showing Iran violated the Yemen arms embargo, resulting in a series of attacks on civilian targets, Russian Federation prevented accountability and endangered the entire region", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, vowing to take action outside the UN against Iran.

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.

Elsewhere in western Yemen, fighter jets of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched airstrikes against Houthis, but mistakenly targeted a farm and killed four girls in the port city of Hodeidah.

Yemen relies heavily on food imports and is on the brink of starvation.

"If we're not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a visit to Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

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