US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called out Russia for backing Iran and ignoring the illegal behaviors of Iran and Syria after Russia was not one of the 11 of 15 UN Security Council members that voted in favor of holding Iran accountable for its failure to prevent weapons from reaching the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Photo Credit: Screenshot from Twitter

On Monday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated in a press release that the US and its allies will need to take a stand following Russia’s veto of a bid for the UN Security Council to call out Iran for failing to prevent its weapons from reaching Yemen’s Houthi group.

In the press release, Haley stated, “If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing conduct, then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians cannot block.”

Haley held the Security Council accountable for the defeat, “The Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that would have called out Iran for its actions. The Panel of Experts’ final report outlined Iran’s failure to prevent the transfer of Iranian arms and related material, including ballistic missiles, military equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicle technology, to Houthi militias in Yemen.”

Haley thanked the 11 of 15 members of the Security Council that voted to hold Iran accountable for its negligence and illegal behaviors. Haley stated, “Russia has repeatedly stopped the Security Council from acting against the barbaric Assad regime in Syria. Today, Russia protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran. 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, Russia prevented accountability and endangered the entire region.”