Iran: UN vote a 'no' to Trump's 'thuggish intimidation'

Iran’s Foreign Minister welcomes results of vote on Jerusalem at the UN General Assembly.

Elad Benari,

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday welcomed the results of a vote at the UN General Assembly on a resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

“A resounding global NO to Trump regime's thuggish intimidation at UN,” he tweeted following the vote.

128 countries voted against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with 35 abstaining and nine voting against.

On Wednesday, Zarif blasted Trump for threatening to cut aid to countries that vote against his decision at the UN General Assembly.

“Trump regime exposes contempt for democracy through its threats against those who dare resist its thuggish demands at the UN—all while Trump insults Iran crudely as ‘dictatorship,’” Zarif tweeted.

“US version of democracy stops at rhetoric of ‘either with us or against us,’" he added.

His tweet came after Trump threatened to cut off aid to countries that vote against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, Jordan also hailed the UN General Assembly for approving the resolution.

The country’s State Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, said that the resolution reflects the international community’s determination to ensure the illegality of any measure that targets the status quo of Jerusalem.

Momani called on the international community to jointly work for a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state formula and in line with the relevant international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, underlining peace as an Arab strategic choice.