UN: Washington will hold Tehran accountable even if it must act alone — US at UNSC Persian Gulf meeting

Washington will «continue to hold Iran accountable» even if it means it «must act alone», the US representative to the United Nations said during discussions on the situation in the Persian Gulf with UN Security Council members in New York City via videoconference, on Tuesday. «The international community does not need yet another mechanism to promote Gulf security. The Security Council has all the tools at its disposal to hold Iran accountable. We must simply decide to do so,» representative Kelly Craft told members in the debate called «Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Comprehensive Review of the Situation in the Persian Gulf.» Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, replied saying «Iran does not intend to engage in an arms race in the region and start a buying spree in spite of the end of Security Council's restrictions.» «With money, one can buy the most sophisticated weaponry,» Zarif went on. «But the truth is security and stability can never be bought. We need collective efforts by regional countries to establish inclusive dialogue and security networking in this region. Otherwise, we will all be engulfed in turmoil for generations to come. And our turmoil will be everyone's turmoil.» The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, said that «the ball is now in Iran's court» and that Tehran needs to act «not merely to engage in rhetoric to achieve the stability in the region but to take tangible measures to restore trust with neighbours.»

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