U.S. Blocks UN Security Council Statement that Fails to Condemn Hamas Rocket Attacks

(Reuters) The U.S. blocked on Tuesday a UN Security Council statement condemning the escalating conflict in Gaza because it "failed to address the root cause" - missile attacks by Hamas, said Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the U.S. mission to the UN. "We made clear that we would measure any action by the Security Council based on whether it supported the ongoing diplomacy toward de-escalation of violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities," Pelton said. "By failing to call for the immediate and permanent halt to rocket launches from Gaza into Israel, this press statement failed to contribute constructively to those goals."

2012-11-21 00:00:00

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