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Crisis looms as UNSC overwhelmingly rejects US resolution to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran.
The 13-year embargo is due to expire on October 18, under a 2015 deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme [Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP]
The United Nations Security Council has resoundingly rejected a bid by the United States to extend a global arms embargo on Iran.
In the Security Council vote on Friday, Washington got support only from the Dominican Republic for its resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, leaving it far short of the minimum nine "yes" votes required for adoption.
Eleven members on the 15-member body, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, abstained.
Russia and China strongly opposed extending the 13-year ban, which was due to expire on October 18 under a 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, announced the defeat of the resolution ahead of a very brief virtual council meeting to reveal the vote.
"The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable," he said in a statement.
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