UN slams Iran over arms supply to Syria

Syria’s staunch ally Iran was reprimanded by the United Nations on Wednesday over arms supply to Syria.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2012, 23:07 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

United Nations: Syria’s staunch ally Iran was reprimanded by the United Nations on Wednesday over arms supply to Syria.

The UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman said that Iran was violating UN sanctions by providing weapons to the Syrian regime.

Tehran has been imposed with UN sanctions banning arms export.

Jeffrey Feltman raised Iranian arms exports issue while speaking at a monthly Mideast briefing to the UN Security Council.

Iran is a strong supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has reportedly been supplying the government with weapons.

Feltman said the Syrian government and opposition are focusing on the use of force, with the government using heavy weapons on populated areas and the Syrian people "suffering grievously from the appalling further militarization of this conflict."

He said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly expressed concern about the arms flows to both sides, which in the case of Iran appear to violate a 2007 Council resolution banning arms exports.

With Agency Inputs