The Iranian regime — which “seeks political, military, and territorial advantage through the spread of violence and human misery” — is one of the main causes of conflict in the Middle East, a top American diplomat said on Monday at a UN Security Council session in New York.
“In warzone after warzone, and terrorist act after terrorist act, we find Iran and Hezbollah at the root of violence in the Middle East,” US Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Jonathan Cohen said in remarks at the Russia-initiated meeting titled “Peace and Security: Comprehensive Review of the Situation in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Cohen emphasized Iran’s “repeated and blatant violations of Security Council Resolution 2231 and others.”
“The Security Council unanimously prohibited Iran from transferring weapons to other countries,” he pointed out. “And yet Iran is the source of weapons in conflicts across the region, from Yemen to Syria to Lebanon. The Security Council unanimously called on Hezbollah to disarm. But the leaders of Hezbollah talk openly about the continuing support they receive from Iran.”