US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Houthis a “foreign terrorist organisation.” The UN fears that such a designation can worsen the ongoing famine.
The embargo on the sale of arms to Iran was due to start expiring progressively from Sunday, under the terms of the UN resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers.
UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that aid agencies are only reaching 9 million people a month, down from more than 13 million at the beginning of the year.
Despite the repeated calls for transforming the world body's most powerful institution, experts see close to zero chances of that happening as they see little incentive from today's Permanent Five to let others in.
The US move comes a day after it pushed for restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned the agreement.
Washington will do everything it can to enforce UN sanctions on Iran if they are violated, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following the US move to restore all UN sanctions on Iran.
The Security Council cannot do much about dealing with the coronavirus itself or addressing the economic consequences of the pandemic, said Richard Gowan, UN director for the International Crisis Group think-tank.
The UN’s most powerful body has been meeting by video because of Covid-19, which has hit New York City, where the UN has its headquarters, exceedingly hard.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement it detected the three launches made from an eastern coastal town in the North’s South Hamgyong province.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells UN Security Council the world should reject US President Trump's Mideast plan, calling it a "Swiss cheese" deal that would limit Palestinian sovereignty without bringing lasting peace.
European Union members of the council, in a joint statement to reporters, later urged Myanmar to comply with the measures ordered by the UN’s top court, stressing that they are “compulsory under international law.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier rejected the Israeli-Palestine plan unveiled on Tuesday by the US President Donald Trump.
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