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Russia, China say UN must address Iran crisis

In this aerial photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The processions mark the first time Iran honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – At the United Nations, Russia and China say they strongly oppose the New Year’s Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. But Moscow and Beijing say they have decided to block a U.N. Security Council statement condemning that attack because it doesn’t address the subsequent U.S. killing of Iran’s top general. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says Moscow agrees with the proposed U.S. statement condemning the embassy attack. However, he told reporters Monday that the focus must now be to “prevent developments going down the drain in the direction of a major conflict.”


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