PUBLISHED: 03:36, Sat, Aug 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:36, Sat, Aug 15, 2020
The US was aiming to prevent sanctions that block Iran from buying and selling military materials from expiring in October. However out of the 15 member UN Security Council only the Dominican Republic backed the American proposal.
China and Russia both opposed the move whilst the 11 other members all abstained.
These included Britain and France, which both have permanent seats on the council, and Germany.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday accused the council of having “failed to uphold its fundamental mission set” by not passing the measures.
Describing Iran as “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror” he accused the UN council of having “rejected a reasonable appeal” to contain it.
The UN Security Council rejected extending sanctions on Iran (Image: GETTY)
The US proposal was rejected by the UN Security Council (Image: GETTY)
Mr Pompeo added: “The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defence of international peace and security is inexcusable.
“The United States will never abandon our friends in the region who expected more from the Security Council.
“We will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic terror regime does not have the freedom to purchase and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and beyond.”
The motion was backed by Israel and six Gulf Cooperation Council nations, all of which feel threatened by Iranian activity in the region.
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The US claims Iran is trying to acquire nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)