It comes days after a UN resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
America has said it will cut at least $285m in its United Nations budget obligations in what is widely being seen as an attempt from US President Donald Trump to pressurise countries.
The cuts to the 2018-2018 budget were announced alongside a further cut to the UN’s management and support functions. The UN is responsible for 22% of the the body’s annual operating budget.
“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement, adding that she was pleased with the results of the negotiations.
Ms Haley said that she believes the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organisation is well-known and that the US Mission would continue to “look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests”.
Source: The National