Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations General Assembly, with the backing of most Arab countries, today approved a resolution that “deplores” an alleged plot last month to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
A Saudi-drafted resolution was passed by 106 votes in favor and 9 against in the 193-member body. Forty countries abstained. While not linking Iran directly to the plot, the Persian Gulf country was called upon “to comply with all of its obligations under international law.”
The U.S. said Oct. 11 Iran was behind a plot to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. Manssor Arbabsiar, an Iranian- American car salesman, pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan federal court on Oct. 24 to conspiring with a member of Iran’s “Qods Force” to kill the diplomat.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said today the plot “could not go unanswered” and the UN resolution was a “fair and measures” response. Resolutions in the General Assembly are non-binding and usually require a simple majority.
“Some may ask or wonder if the accused is innocent until proven guilty,” Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the UN, Abdallah al- Mouallimi, told the General Assembly. “We say yes. We’ve expressed that, by not directing any charges in the draft.”
Iran’s UN ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, said the resolution “explicitly implicates my country with the alleged plot” and “in so doing prejudges the outcome of a case with unclear dimensions.”
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