In a significant development in international diplomacy, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian issued a stern warning to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the potential for an “uncontrollable explosion” in the Middle East. This warning comes in the context of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.
During a telephone conversation with Guterres, as reported by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Amir-Abdollahian expressed deep concern over the United States’ veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution. This resolution sought a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The Iranian Foreign Minister criticized the U.S. support for what he termed as the “crimes of the Zionist regime (Israel)” and its continuation of the war, stating that this could lead to a potentially uncontrollable escalation in the region.
In a noteworthy move, Amir-Abdollahian also lauded the decision of the Secretary-General to invoke Article 99 of the UN Charter. He described this action as a “courageous step towards maintaining international peace and security.” Article 99 of the UN Charter allows the Secretary-General to bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which, in his opinion, may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.
The United States exercised its veto power on Friday during the vote for a ceasefire in Gaza. The U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Robert Wood, criticized the Security Council resolution, stating that it was disconnected from reality. He argued that halting military operations would allow Hamas to continue governing Gaza and “sow the seeds for the next war.”
This situation highlights the complexities and challenges in addressing the long-standing conflict in the Middle East, with major international players holding differing views on the path to peace and stability in the region. The Iranian Foreign Minister’s warning underscores the urgency and the delicate nature of the situation, calling for careful diplomatic engagement from all parties involved.