U.S. calls on the United Nations to take strong action against Iran after bombing Saudi Arabia
Nov 08, 2017 World 5158 By Jason Ade
- U.S. calls on the United Nations to take strong action against Iran after bombing Saudi Arabia.
- U.S. accuses Iran of violating two UN resolutions by supplying weapons to Houthi fighters.
- Europe calls for calm.
The U.S. government has called on the United Nations to take action against Iran after the Saudi Arabian government accused them of declaring war through the
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the Iranian government have been locked in a war of words after Houthi militants fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh, with intelligence indicating that the weapon was supplied by Iran.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, on Tuesday accused Iran of supplying a missile to the Houthis that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July, and also referred to Riyadh's allegation that the weapon that was shot down over Riyadh on Saturday "may also be of Iranian origin".
"By providing these types of weapons to the Houthi militias in Yemen, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is violating two UN resolutions simultaneously," Haley said.
"We encourage the United Nations and international partners to take necessary action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations."
Federica Mogherini, Europe's top diplomat, on Tuesday called for calm, warning that the mounting tension was "extremely dangerous".
"Allow me to bring a little bit of wisdom as the European voice in a world that seems to go completely crazy here: It's dangerous," she told reporters in Washington.
"We need to calm down the situation. We need to bring down the temperature a bit rather than increasing the level of confrontation."
On Tuesday, the UN called on the coalition to immediately lift the blockade, describing the current situation in the country as "catastrophic".
"Humanitarian operations are being blocked as a result of the closure ordered by the Saudi-led coalition," Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva.