The US decision to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for a truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas is hypocritical, Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the organization, has said.

Iran PressAsia: On Friday, the US was the only country to vote against a resolution sponsored by the United Arab Emirates and endorsed by more than 90 other nations, which called for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” and the “immediate and unconditional release of captives” taken by Hamas; 13 UN Security Council members supported the document, with the UK abstaining.

Robert Wood, Washington’s deputy UN ambassador, explained the veto, and alleged that the document was “divorced from reality.” He added that contrary to the US’ advice, it failed to condemn the Hamas attack of October 7, saying that an unconditional ceasefire would allow the group to repeat the assault at a later date.

He also claimed that the document failed to “encourage a resumption of humanitarian pauses,” stressing that “every innocent Palestinian life lost is a tragedy.”

Commenting on the vote, Zhang expressed “great disappointment and regret” that the US stonewalled the resolution, arguing that the justification for the move was “feeble.”

He noted that “condoning the continuation of fighting while claiming to care about the lives and safety of the people in Gaza and the humanitarian needs there is self-contradictory.”


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