Even following lengthy talks and after postponing the voting session for several hours to try to agree on an amended version of the initial text, the draft resolution received only 11 votes in favor, two against - Russian Federation and Bolivia - while China and Kazakhstan abstained.
The initial draft text - to renew the annual mandate of a targeted sanctions regime related to Yemen - wanted to include a condemnation of Iran for violating an arms embargo on Houthi leaders and include a council commitment to take action over it.
"As expected, an earlier resolution proposed by the United Kingdom was blocked because of it being far from reality", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.
After hours of negotiations to try to reach a compromise, Russian Federation made clear that it had strong reservations about the findings of the report and would not support a draft resolution that mentioned them. Putting to vote a draft which does not enjoy approval by all members of #UNSC leads to dividing #UNSC, and promotes disagreements at a time when #UNSC is in dire need of harmony among its members. "The wording in the British draft is unsafe and destabilizing".
A United Nations report in January said Tehran had breached an arms embargo by failing to stop weapons reaching the Huthis.
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Iran's UN Mission said on February 26 that it "categorically rejects allegations regarding arms transfers to Yemen".
The British-drafted resolution called to condemn Iran for violating a United Nations arms embargo by providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen, as well as to take future action against Tehran. The report found that some missile debris discovered in Yemen was of Iranian origin, delivered into the country after the embargo was imposed.
But the United States has accused Iran of being the aggressor and has pressed the UN council repeatedly to take action to punish Tehran.
Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba, the current council president, told reporters Saturday that "We are still working on the text, but the intention is to adopt it Monday morning".
Khoshroo went on to say that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, adding that Iran believes in a political solution.
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"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", she said in an ominous warning. A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
The UK and the U.S. representatives, indeed, appeared focused more on pushing Iran's narrative than on civilians' suffering during their speeches.
The approved resolution made no mention of Iran.
Thousands of civilians have been killed and more than ten millions starved since the onset of the Saudi-led war against the poor country.
However, Moscow has made it clear it will vote down any proposed sanctions on Iran despite evidence showing the country has supplied weapons to Houthi rebels to carry out attacks on the Yemeni government.
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