Iran accuses U.N. of bending to U.S. and Saudi Arabian pressure

TEHRAN – Iran has publicly rejected accusations made by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres of its involvement in attacks on Saudi sites, noting that the report was issued under political pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Commenting on the U.N. Secretary-General’s report on Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted on their innocence and said the report is inaccurate and only issued due to the lobbying of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The report stated that Iranian cruise missiles were used in attacks on oil installations and an airport in Saudi Arabia last year.

The U.N. report comes as the U.S. is reportedly working on a draft resolution to extend the weapons embargo on Iran.

On Wednesday, Iran, Russia, and China called for a counter-effort to extend the U.N. weapons embargo, which is scheduled to expire in October, under Tehran’s nuclear deal with the six world powers in 2015.