Saudi Arabia embraced a draft United Nations resolution that would criticize Iran for failing to block its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday embraced a draft United Nations resolution provided by the United States, Britain and France that would criticize Iran for failing to block its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Foreign Minister stated the evaluation, if passed, would assist in holding Iran accountable for what he narrated as its “exports of ballistic missiles” to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and “radical and aggressive” behaviour in the region, involving support for terrorist groups.

A proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and US associated with Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led partnership happened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces battling Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Iran has refused supplying the Houthis with weapons.

Al-Jubeir stated in an interview during the annual Munich Security Conference, “In order to ensure than Iran comports itself with international law, we must have firmer positions with regards to ballistic missiles and with regards to Iran’s support for terrorism.” He also said, “Iran must be held accountable.”

He mentioned that Iranian missiles were regularly utilized by Houthis “to aim civilians in Yemen as well as inside Saudi Arabia.”
Al-Jubeir also called for changes to two features of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran – cancellation of a so-called sunset provision, and extended inspections to incorporate non-declared and military sites.

The draft UN resolution, which requires to be adopted by Feb. 26, is likely to experience resistance from Russia. A resolution requires nine votes in favor and no vetoes by China, Russia, France, the United States or Britain to pass.
Al-Jubeir stated that he expected Russia could be convinced to support the measure.

The draft text to renew UN sanctions on Yemen for another year would also permit the 15-member council to force targeted sanctions for “any activity related to the utilization of ballistic missiles in Yemen.” Britain framed the resolution in consultation with the United States and France before providing it to the full council on Friday, diplomats stated.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has been lobbying for months for Iran to be held responsible at the United Nations, while at the same time scaring to quit a 2015 deal among world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program if “disastrous flaws” are not fixed.
Independent UN experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen notified to the Security Council in January that they had found missile remnants that are of Iranian origin, and “were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo.”

The experts stated that they had “no evidence as to the identity of the supplier, or any intermediary third party” of the missiles fired by the Houthis into neighboring Saudi Arabia, but mentioned that the Iran had disobeyed sanctions by failing to stop supply, sale or transfer of the missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

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