Iran Warns UN Of ‘Uncontrollable Explosion’ After US Veto

Iran warned of the threat of an “uncontrollable explosion” in the Middle East Saturday after the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to ceasefire in Gaza.

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

The veto was supported by 13 of the 15 Security Council members who demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, with Britain abstaining.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood criticized the council after the vote for its failure to condemn Hamas’s October 7 attack in Israel or acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself.

“For that reason, while the United States strongly supports a durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire,” Wood said.

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

Gaza’s health ministry reported that another 71 people were killed in Israeli strikes on the region Saturday, with 160 injured people arriving at al-Aqsa hospital in the past day.

Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, responded to America’s veto of the ceasefire by speaking with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres via phone.

“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 said, according to a foreign ministry statement.

The Iranian prime minister wasn’t alone in condemning the U.S. for its stance.

Amnesty International, the human rights organization, condemned the U.S. for its actions. Paul O’Brien, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, accused the U.S. government of “shamefully turning its back on immense civilian suffering.”

Amir-Abdollahian also praised the UN chief’s decision to use Article 99 of the UN Charter, which was criticized by Israel, as a “brave action to maintain international peace and security.”

The Iranian foreign minister also appealed for the immediate opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to enable humanitarian aid to be sent to the Gaza Strip.