UN Security Council drubs US resolution to extend Iran embargo indefinitely

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A Revolutionary Guard speedboat fires a missile during a military exercise. The drill appears aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Sepahnews via AP)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution Friday for an indefinite extension of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran.
The Trump administration received support from only one country. The vote in the 15-member council was 2 in favor, 2 against and 11 abstentions.
Russia and China strongly opposed the resolution, which failed to get the minimum nine yes votes required for adoption, so they didn’t have to use their vetoes.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the defeat of the resolution ahead of a very brief virtual council meeting to reveal the vote.
The Trump administration has said repeatedly it will not allow the arms embargo provision in the Security Council resolution to expire as scheduled Oct. 18.
The resolution endorses the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers.