Hezbollah must stop stockpiling weapons on Israel's northern border, deputy US Ambassador Richard Mills told the United Nations Security Council in New York on Wednesday after it voted to renew the mandate of the organization's peacekeepers in that area of southern Lebanon.
"The US shares this council’s significant concern about the state of affairs in southern Lebanon, in particular, Hezbollah's threatening activities," he said.
Tensions continue surrounding Lebanon-Israel maritime border demarcation talks
The UNSC vote comes as tensions have increased between Israel and neighboring Lebanon over their maritime dispute.
On Wednesday, a Reuters deputy editor posted a video of two Lebanese ministers symbolically throwing rocks in Israel's direction.
The UN since 1978 has maintained a peacekeeper force along the border between the two countries known as the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Since 2006, it has been specifically tasked with maintaining the ceasefire agreement that ended the Second Lebanon War and was codified in UNSC Resolution 1701.
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