The latest move is the latest in a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran – one that has left the United States largely isolated. It comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional arms embargo set to expire during the Iran nuclear deal.
“The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iran participating in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the ban on ballistic missile testing and development by Iran. and sanctions against the transfer of nuclear and missile-related technologies to, among others, Iran. If UN member states do not fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is ready to use our national authorities to impose consequences for these failures and ensure that Iran is not reaping the benefits of UN-banned activity, “Pompeo said in a statement.
Other countries have rejected the US argument that it could reintroduce the UN sanctions that had been lifted under the Iran nuclear deal when the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement in 201
“In the coming days, the United States will announce a number of additional measures to strengthen the implementation of UN sanctions and hold offenders accountable,” Pompeo said without giving further details on those measures.
In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General, Iran called on the Council to block any attempt by the United States to reintroduce international sanctions.
“Given that the stated goal of the United States is to completely destroy the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan and to that end, its strategy is to create legal complication by presenting unilateral arbitrary interpretations and pseudo-legal arguments, the Islamic Republic of Iran trusts its members The Security Council reiterated its commitment to the United States’ continued efforts to undermine the Security Council’s process, thereby undermining the authority and credibility of the Council and the United Nations, “said UN Secretary-General Majid Takht Ravanchi in a letter.
He also responded to the news on Twitter, saying that “UNSC member states continue to maintain the United States is NOT a JCPOA participant, so its claim of” snapback “is invalid.”
“The United States is still in conflict with JCPOA and Res 2231 – swimming against current currents will only give it more isolation,” he tweeted.
Experts have told CNN that this one-sided effort – which comes less than two months before the presidential election – is unlikely to have an impact on arms sales alone. Some say the move further alienates the United States from its E3 allies – Germany, France and the United Kingdom – and serves to further undermine the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.