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Focus on ‘chief culprit’ Iran; US urges UN
Published : Saturday, 22 April, 2017 at 12:00 AM, Count : 62
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21: The United States on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to make Iran's "incredibly destructive" activities its Middle East priority and devote less attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley branded Iran the "chief culprit" of regional conflicts and vowed to work with Washington's partners to demand Iran comply with UN resolutions.
Haley cited Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, weapons supplies to Huthi rebels in Yemen, training of Shiite militias in Iraq and the presence of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon as destabilizing.
Iran is "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal struck with world powers, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, warning America would set out its position on that soon.
Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the deal led by his National Security Council. It will decide whether suspending sanctions "is vital to the national security interests of the United States."
The US call to shift the focus to Iran drew a cool response from other UN Security Council permanent members.
France, Russia and China made no mention of Iran during the council's monthly meeting on the Middle East, instead emphasizing the importance of an Israeli-Palestinian settlement to bring regional peace.
Haley's remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure and two days after President Donald Trump ordered a review of the lifting of sanctions under the agreement.    AFP













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