137th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra49026232728117092 Tamil Nadu2850242275754690 Andhra Pradesh2069601204641842 Karnataka164924842322998 Delhi1427231282324082 Uttar Pradesh113378668341981 West Bengal89666630601954 Bihar7179446294400 Gujarat68855517922604 Assam5549737225132 Rajasthan4941835186763 Odisha4255028698292 Haryana4005433444467 Madhya Pradesh3729827621962 Kerala3170019147103 Jammu and Kashmir2392716218449 Punjab2193014040539 Jharkhand165427503154 Chhatisgarh11408831987 Uttarakhand89015731112 Goa7947559570 Telangana751354330615 Tripura6014408437 Puducherry5123291475 Manipur3466192610 Himachal Pradesh3206200813 Nagaland26578247 Arunachal Pradesh204913263 Chandigarh137482023 Meghalaya10234236 Sikkim8544061 Mizoram5672890
World Middle East 18 Sep 2019 US seeks UN action o ...

US seeks UN action on Saudi attacks despite likely Russian opposition

REUTERS
Published Sep 18, 2019, 1:32 pm IST
Updated Sep 18, 2019, 1:32 pm IST
The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran.
Russia has already warned against jumping to conclusions over who was behind the attack. (Photo: File)
 Russia has already warned against jumping to conclusions over who was behind the attack. (Photo: File)

Washington: A senior U S official on Tuesday called for a U N Security Council response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities that the United States blames on Iran, but it was unclear what action he sought or whether Washington might secure Russian cooperation.

"We do see a role for the U N Security Council to play. Saudi was attacked and it would be appropriate for them to call upon the council. But we first need to gather the releasable information," the senior U S official told reporters.

 

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not explain what he meant by "releasable information." The United States has, at times, released previously classified information to buttress its case at the Security Council.

The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a second U S official told Reuters.

While it was not clear what action by the 15-member Security Council the first official envisaged, there are several options that U S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has suggested over the past year but that Washington has not actively pursued.

 

Success is unlikely because diplomats say Russia and China - which are council veto powers along with the United States, France and Britain - are likely to shield Iran.

Russia has already warned against jumping to conclusions over who was behind the attack.

At a minimum, the U N Security Council could issue a statement condemning the attack, but such a move has to be agreed by consensus.

Most U N sanctions on Iran were lifted in 2016 under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. But Iran is still subject to a U N arms embargo and other restrictions under a 2015 resolution that enshrines the nuclear accord.

 

Last year, Pompeo urged the council to prevent Iran from working on ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and from carrying out test launches. He also called for "inspection and interdiction measures, in ports and on the high seas," to keep Iran from circumventing arms restrictions.

Last month, Pompeo told the council Iran must not become "unshackled to create new turmoil" when a U N arms embargo on the country and a travel ban on the head of Iran's elite Quds Force expire in October 2020.

...




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT