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'Irresponsible, unconstructive': Iran slams US veto of Palestinian bid for full UN membership

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

The spokesperson for Iran's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the "irresponsible and unconstructive" US veto of a Palestinian request to the United Nations Security Council for full UN membership, blocking the world body’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

"Washington's move disclosed the hypocritical nature of the US foreign policy and the isolation of this country's position in the international community more than ever before," Nasser Kan'ani said on Friday.

The vote at the 15-member UN Security Council on Thursday on the statehood was put forward by Algeria, which represents Arab nations on the Security Council.

While 12 Council members voted yes, the US predictably cast its veto against the bid. Meanwhile, the UK and Switzerland abstained.

Kan'ani said the US provides "unilateral and unlimited" support for Israel in the political, economic, military, legal and international fields.

He added that Washington's ineffective support for the Tel Aviv regime is at the expense of the American people and at the cost of sacrificing regional and international peace and security over the past seven decades.

The US support for the Israeli regime has disgraced it in the world public opinion and proved that the country is not a neutral player and a responsible actor in the international community, the Iranian spokesman emphasized.

He once again reaffirmed the Palestinian people's "legitimate and undeniable" right to form an independent state with al-Quds as its capital across the historical land of Palestine "from the river to the sea."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the will of the resilient and heroic people of Palestine will ultimately overcome the will of the enemies of the Palestinian people, especially the fake, apartheid and criminal Israeli regime," Kan'ani pointed out.

Palestine is currently a non-member observer state. An application to become a full UN member needs to be approved by the Security Council and then at least two-thirds of the UN General Assembly.

Washington’s veto came amid the Israeli regime’s war on the Gaza Strip that has increased sympathy towards Palestinians and international calls for the recognition of the State of Palestine.

Since the start of the offensive on October 7, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 34,012 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured nearly 76,833 others.

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