UN Security Council president dismisses US sanctions transfer on Iran

New York, August 25

The president of the UN Security Council, Indonesia, stated on Tuesday it was “not in the position to take further action” on a US bid to set off a return of all UN sanctions on Iran as a result of there is no such thing as a consensus within the 15-member physique.

Thirteen council members expressed their opposition on Friday, arguing that Washington’s transfer is void given it’s utilizing a course of agreed below a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that it give up two years in the past.

Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, council president for August, was responding to a query from Russia and China on the problem throughout a gathering on the Middle East.

US Ambassador Kelly Craft hit again after Djani spoke.

“Let me just make it really, really clear: the Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter,” she informed the council. “I only regret that other members of this council have lost their way and now find themselves standing in the company of terrorists.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated he triggered on Thursday a 30-day course of to reimpose all worldwide sanctions on Iran by lodging a grievance with the council accusing Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stated he hoped the United States would now drop its bid to snapback Iran sanctions, “which is not only illegal, but simply will not lead to achieving the result that was envisaged by the United States”. Nebenzia’s deputy Dmitry Polyanskiy summed up the Indonesian evaluation in a Twitter submit: “It means, there is NO SNAPBACK”. A spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations stated it “is on firm legal ground to initiate the restoration of sanctions” and “the fact that some council members expressed disagreement …. does not have any legal effect”.

The United States argues that it may possibly set off the process— often called snapback—because a 2015 Security Council decision that enshrines the nuclear deal nonetheless names it as a participant.

The Security Council resoundingly rejected a US try on August 14 to increase an arms embargo on Iran past its expiration in October. Only the Dominican Republic joined Washington in voting sure.

The Dominican Republic and Niger, president of the council for September, are prone to face US strain to ignore Indonesia’s evaluation and proceed with the sanctions snapback course of, diplomats stated. Reuters


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