In a meeting this Sunday (14 April), Secretary-General António Guterres says that the Middle East is “on the brink of the abyss”

The United States called, this Sunday (April 14, 2024) for the conflict between Israel and Iran to be stopped. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council (United Nations), the American deputy ambassador, Robert Wood, stated that the objective now is “de-escalation”.

He said that in the coming days the country should study measures, together with other nations, to hold Iran responsible for the increase in tensions. The North American country sided with Israel, but said it was against further escalation.

“The best way to avoid this escalation is for the Council to unequivocally condemn Iran’s unprecedented large-scale attack and call on it and its allies to avoid further violence.”these.

The deputy ambassador’s speech is in line with the US position regarding the attack on Israel on Saturday (13 April). President Joe Biden condemned the conflict and asked Netanyahu, by phone, to avoid a new attack.

Middle East on the brink

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said in his speech that the conflict puts the entire region “in edge of the abyss” and asked that a “Step back” be given.

“It is vital to avoid any action that could lead to major military clashes on multiple fronts in the Middle East. Civilians are already suffering and paying the highest price.” declared.

Braking further escalation depends on the actions of all countries, as global security is being undermined, according to him.

“We have a shared responsibility to work for peace. Regionally and globally, peace and security are being undermined at every turn. The region and the world cannot withstand another war.”.

The council meeting was at Israel’s request shortly after the attack.


The April 13, 2024, Iranian attack was expected. The country had promised to retaliate against the Israelis for the bombing that killed 8 people at the Iranian embassy in Damascus (Syria), on April 1, including a Revolutionary Guard general. Countries blamed Israel, even though the country did not take responsibility.

According to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), around 300 drones and missiles were launched by Iran. Israel claims that fighters from the country and allies, such as the USA and the United Kingdom, and the Iron Dome defense system intercepted 99% of the aerial targets.

Next, read more about the attack and its reflexes:

  • What did Israel say? – who will respond at the right time;
  • What did Iran say? – who acted in self-defense;
  • reactions around the world – the G7, a group with 7 of the largest economies on the planet, condemned the attack “unprecedented” and reinforced its commitment to Israel’s security;
  • Brazil’s reaction – Itamaraty said it was monitoring the situation with “concern” and did not condemn Iranian action;
  • Brazil disappointed – Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zonshine, told Poder360 who was disappointed with the Brazilian note;
  • Brazil got it right – for former minister and career diplomat Rubens Ricupero, Itamaraty got the tone right. Spoke to Poder360 that there are no reasons for the country “take a position on one side or the other”;
  • non-oil impact – a possible war between Iran and Israel should increase the price of the commodity and pressure Petrobras to increase fuel;
  • videos – see images of the Iranian attack.


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