WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it will veto a bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state if it comes to a vote before the UN Security Council.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said US opposition to such a move by the Palestinians "should not come as a shock."

"So yes, if something comes to a vote in the UN security council, the US will veto," she said.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership confirmed on Thursday that it intends to make a formal request that the United Nations accept the state of Palestine as a member.

Nuland said it was still uncertain whether the Palestinian request would come to a vote and said the United States believes "the best route forward is to come back to the negotiating table."

US State Department officials are to meet on Friday with a Palestinian delegation, the department said separately.