The United Nations Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S. proposal to extend a five-year ban on
the sale of conventional weapons to Iran, leaving Washington isolated on an issue that once drew a broad consensus.
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.
The resolution had been widely expected to fail, given opposition from China and Russia and other states.
Still, the result serves as a rebuke to U.S. arguments that Washington had built broad-based support for its position
Trump administration officials have touted consensus among Israel and the Gulf Arab states on extending the conventional-arms embargo, but couldn’t secure sufficient backing in the council.
In a statement issued before the Security Council’s announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the body
had failed in its mission of “maintaining international peace and security.”
The top United States diplomat called the result inexcusable and pledged to prevent Iran from buying or selling conventional weapons.