US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exercised the United States’ ultimate veto power on Monday, shutting down a Security Council resolution that would “nullify” President Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; saying no nation on earth has the power to dictate where the US places its embassies.
“This is the first time I’ve exercised the American right to veto a resolution in the Security Council. The exercise of the veto is not something the United States does often. We have not done it in more than six years. We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance,” said Haley.
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty, and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us. It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the security council,” she told the international body.
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The American veto comes as the Security Council sought to undo President Trump’s historic decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; upending decades of empty promises made by his predecessors and renewing hopes for a rejuvenated peace process.
In response to Trump’s announcement, leaders across the Middle East warned of escalating violence, with Hamas calling for “days of rage” as the US weighs how and when to relocate its main diplomatic mission.
SMOKING GUN: US Says IRANIAN FINGERPRINTS All Over Terror Weapons
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Iranian officials and their Revolutionary Guard on Thursday, saying the Islamic Republic’s “fingerprints” can be seen in “war zones” and “terror groups” throughout the Middle East.
Haley directly accused the Iranian regime of blatantly violating international law, saying their leaders were actively funneling missiles and other advanced weaponry to rebels in Yemen and other terror organizations operating in the region.
“Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region,” Haley said at an event in the nation’s capital. “It’s hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.”
“It tells the story of Iran as the arsonist. The report shows the Tehran regime not putting out fires, but fanning the flames of conflict in the region,” Haley added. “In its strongest language yet, the secretary general’s report shows violation after violation of weapons transfers and ballistic missile activity. The United States welcomes this report, as should every nation concerned about uranium expansion.”
Haley’s comments come months after President Trump refused to re-certify the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, saying the regime was not cooperating with the international mandate and was secretly resuming its attempts to develop a nuclear weapon.