Iran: US veto of UN J'lem resolution 'provocative'

Spokesman says US veto despite support of rest of security council 'proves that US seeks compromise by trampling Palestinian rights.'


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Mike Segar, Reuters

Iran Tuesday condemned the United States veto of a UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Monday vetoed the draft resolution which was backed by all 14 other members of the council.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the US administration "showed its lack of compliance with international resolutions by its provocative and unwise decision to recognize Al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist occupying regime."

He said Washington's veto despite the rest of the council supporting the resolution "proved that it seeks a compromise by trampling on the legal rights of all Palestinians"

Ghasemi's statement said Tehran was unsurprised by the American recognition, given its "racist and hostile policies that unilaterally back the Al-Quds occupiers."

Iran "strongly condemns this move and urges all countries and the international community to... prevent its implementation to preserve international peace and security," he added.

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