Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UNSC Resolution Condemning Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in the Red Sea
United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2024
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution Condemning Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in the Red Sea
The United States applauds today’s adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution co-penned by the United States and Japan condemning Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The resolution unequivocally demands that the Houthis cease their attacks and underscores the Council’s support for navigational rights and freedoms of vessels of all States in the Red Sea in accordance with international law.
Less than 24 hours ago, in a complex attack against numerous vessels in the Red Sea, the Houthis once again attempted to interfere with that safe transit. Repeated Houthi attacks on international shipping are not only a security threat, but an economic threat, increasing food, medicine, and energy prices. These attacks also threaten the fragile humanitarian situation in Yemen, undermining the ability of the international community to deliver assistance to more than 21 million people in need.
While this resolution calls out the clear violations of international law, we must not overlook the root of the problem. Iran has long encouraged the Houthi’s destabilizing actions in the region through both financial and materiel support that violates the UN arms embargo. We know that Iran has been deeply involved in planning operations against commercial vessels in the Red Sea. The United States does not seek a confrontation with Iran. However, Iran also has a choice: to continue providing or withhold its support for the Houthis, without which the Houthis would struggle to effectively track and strike vessels navigating shipping lanes through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The threat to navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea is a global challenge and necessitates a global response. With this resolution, the Council has lived up to its responsibility to help ensure the free flow of lawful transit through the Red Sea continues unimpeded. The world’s message to the Houthis today was clear: cease these attacks immediately.