UN Quds vote indicates Washington’s isolation: Iranian spokesman

Date:05/10/1396
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said a recent United Nations General Assembly vote that condemned the US decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel was indicative of Washington’s isolation.
This move (the UN vote on Quds) indicated that the world is facing a major transformation and that the US cannot create an alliance as it used to in the past, Qassemi told reporters at his press conference in Tehran on Monday.
“What happened at the United Nations marks the isolation and loneliness of the US regarding the holy Quds,” he stressed.
The American statesmen need to know that they cannot pursue their policies in this way, Qassemi said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favor of the UN resolution on Quds.
More than 100 countries defied Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Quds as Israel’s capital.
Trump officially declared the disputed city Israel's capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.
In a speech at the White House on December 6, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.
Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.
Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.