United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power delivers her speech dedicated to reforms in Ukraine, at the Oktyabrsky Palace in Kiev, Ukraine, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Tuesday rejected suggestions by a U.N. panel that Washington has kept silent about Iranian sanctions violations in order to avoid disrupting fragile negotiations on a nuclear deal with Tehran.The U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on Iran said in April that it has received no new confirmed reports of Iranian violations despite several media reports of Iranian weapons shipments to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Hezbollah and Hamas militants in violation of a U.N. embargo.U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power was asked during a congressional hearing in Washington whether the administration of President Barack Obama has deliberately withheld reports of Iranian violations from the U.N. panel, which monitors U.N. sanctions violations.
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