US Push to Extend Iran Arms Embargo Fails at UN Security Council

US had virtually no support in final vote, most abstained

Brought to the UN Security Council Thursday, the US vote on extending the Iran arms embargo has come and gone, and has failed miserably, to the point that Russia and China, each of whom were preparing to veto it, didn’t need to bother because it was never going to pass.

Weeks of US lobbying and pushing for consensus ended with two yes votes, the US and the Dominican Republic. They needed 13 yes votes before a veto was even going to come up.

There were 11 abstentions, including Germany, Britain, and France, the other western members of the P5+1 nuclear deal. Russia and China voted no, but the veto was not an issue. Britain said they abstained because their vote wouldn’t have mattered either way.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angrily condemned the failed vote, and said the US would ensure that Iran could never buy weapons again, even though they don’t have support for that at the UN.

Author: Jason Ditz

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