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U.S. Bid to Extend Iran Arms Ban Suffers Stinging Defeat at UN

  • Dominican Republic is the only country to support the U.S.
  • U.S. has warned it would seek a ‘snapback’ of sanctions
Brian Hook listens during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 13.

Brian Hook listens during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 13.

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

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A U.S. effort to extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran was soundly rejected at the United Nations Security Council on Friday evening, setting the stage for a diplomatic crisis pitting the Trump administration against both allies and adversaries.

Only the Dominican Republican joined the U.S. in voting for the resolution, with Russia and China against. Eleven other countries abstained.