"Today, Russia protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", the U.S.'s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley, said in a statement. The draft was vetoed by Bolivia and Russian Federation, while China and Kazakhstan abstained from the vote.
It will vote on a resolution drafted by Britain in consultation with the United States and France that expresses concern over supply of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles reaching the Houthi militia.
Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzya said that Moscow can not agree with "unconfirmed conclusions and reports that should be double-checked and discussed by the sanctions committee".
Britain initially included a condemnation of Iran in its draft resolution to extend sanctions and the mandate for the panel of experts to continue their work - but dropped it because of Russian opposition.
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a Russia-tabled draft that will see a technical extension of sanctions against Yemen.
"If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran's risky and destabilizing conduct, then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians can not block", she said in an ominous warning.
The Iranian mission accused Britain and the United States, both allies and arms suppliers of Saudi Arabia, of being "major military supporters of the war of aggression against Yemen". As CNBC writes in an article "Russia sets stage for UN veto of western bid to call out Iran", the United States has been lobbying for months for Iran to be held accountable at the United Nations, while at the same time threatening to quit a 2015 deal among world powers to curb Iran's nuclear program if "disastrous flaws" are not fixed.
The Council approved another draft resolution proposed by Russian Federation.
Illustrative image of tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels chanting slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts to fight pro-government forces, in Sana'a, Yemen, January 3, 2017.
During his first trip to Saudi Arabia past year, US President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, with options to sell up to $350 billion over a decade.
A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen nearly daily since 2015 as itattempts to dislodge Huthi rebels who seized control of the capital, in a conflict that has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the United Nations. She did not say when or where the missile was used or fired, or its location when found. Tehran insists it has not violated the embargo and dismissed the accusations, describing the "evidence" showcased by Haley as "fabricated".
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, said: 'The Islamic Republic of Iran wants an end to the aggression in Yemen by Saudi Arabia. The embargo was due to expire at midnight on February 26.