The Iranian foreign minister made the comments at the UN ahead of a General Assembly vote Friday for a ceasefire
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has arrived in New York to attend an emergency session of the UN General Assembly on 26 October, as diplomatic activity surrounding Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza and the horrific death toll among Palestinians intensifies.
Thursday’s session is devoted to the topic of “illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” and comes ahead of a planned General Assembly vote Friday on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the now 19-day war between the Hamas-led Palestinian resistance and Israel.
Amir-Abdollahian said during the session that, “I say frankly to the Americans, who are now managing the war in Gaza, that we do not want the expansion of war into the region. But if the genocide in Gaza continues, they [America] will not be spared from the fire. This is our home, and West Asia is our region. We do not compromise with any party or any side, and we have no reservation when it comes to our home security.”
Israel’s bombing campaign has targeted civilian infrastructure in Gaza, including residential apartment buildings, hospitals, UN schools, and markets. Israel has killed over 7,000 Palestinians and almost 3,000 children, according to the Gaza health ministry.
On Wednesday, the UN security council failed to pass resolutions from both the US and Russia regarding the conflict.
Speaking to Iranian state media outlet IRNA News, Amir-Abdollahian confirmed Iran’s role in ensuring that the US resolution, which would have reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself, failed to pass.
“The work of Iran’s representative in the United Nations helped ensure that the US’s resolution be accompanied by vetoes from China and Russia,” he said.
“There were consultations in Tehran two nights ago with [Russian Foreign Minister] Mr. Lavrov in this regard. Consultations were also held with China, but my colleagues and the honorable ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani in New York worked hard to ensure that this resolution doesn’t come to fruition with one-sided content.”
Amir-Abdollahian argued the US draft resolution did not ensure peace, security, and stability in the region.
During Wednesday’s meeting ahead of the vote, Russia and China called the US resolution a license for Israel to go through with plans for a Gaza ground invasion.
During his visit, the Iranian foreign minister is expected to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss Iran’s position on the war, telling IRNA News that “the support that the United States and a few European countries blindly but wholeheartedly provide to the Zionist regime has reached a worrying point for all the countries in the region.”
Israeli diplomats have called for Guterres to resign following his remarks pointing to Israel’s now 75-year occupation of the West Bank and 17-year blockade of Gaza as the source of the most recent war between the two sides. The 7 October Hamas surprise attack on Israel, in which 1,400 Israelis were killed during the battles, “did not come out of a vacuum,” the UN chief said.