Iran warns of 'uncontrollable explosion' after US veto on Gaza ceasefire


Iran warned Saturday of the threat of an "uncontrollable explosion" of the situation in the Middle East, after the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza war.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the top diplomat of the Islamic republic, also appealed for the immediate opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to enable humanitarian aid to be sent into the Gaza Strip.

Militants from the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on southern Israel on October 7, allegedly killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking around 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

Israel, whose main ally is the United States, vowed to destroy Hamas in response and unleashed an offensive that the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza says has killed more than 17,400 people in the Palestinian territory, also mostly civilians.

On Friday, the United States vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, saying the resolution "would leave Hamas in place able to repeat what it did on October 7."

"As long as America supports the crimes of the Zionist regime (Israel) and the continuation of the war... there is a possibility of an uncontrollable explosion in the situation of the region," Amir-Abdollahian told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a phone call, according to a foreign ministry statement.

The Iranian foreign minister praised the U.N. chief's decision to use Article 99 of the U.N. Charter as "brave action to maintain international peace and security."

Fighting resumed between Israel and Hamas on December 1 following a one-week truce that Israel says Hamas violated.

"The Israeli regime's claim that Hamas has violated the ceasefire is completely false," Amir-Abdollahian told Guterres, adding that U.S. support for Israel "has made it difficult to achieve a lasting ceasefire."

Comments 3
Missing HellAndWaite 09 December 2023, 13:26

The Presumptuous Persians should take their best shot .. that will, under the International Law they claim is on their side, open the door to the United States directly targeting Iran for military action on its own soil ... not merely in the gulf, but on land. Maybe that would put an end to Arab problems in Yemen, Turkish problems in Syria, and most importantly Lebanese problems here at home.

Thumb scorpyonn 10 December 2023, 02:35

Amen, brother!

Missing gabriel01 09 December 2023, 16:23

By lasting peace, this mullah minion means the eradication of the israeli enemy. Unfortunately for these brainless lot, the enemy has nuclear weapons. Iran should fight its own religious wars and let Lebanon and Lebanese be.