US to reimpose all UN sanctions on Iran over nuclear deal, but the world disagrees
Britain, France, and Germany said on Thursday that they will oppose a US motion at the United Nations to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
The United States has broken with all other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally declared the re-imposition of all UN sanctions against Iran – a claim rejected by Iran and the international community, including Washington’s close allies, as having no legal basis.
In a joint statement, the three European nations said Washington cannot call for a “snapback” of sanctions because they withdrew from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018.
They were backed by China, Russia and the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, who said in a statement that because it withdrew from the deal, the US “cannot, therefore, be considered a participant State for the purposes of possible sanctions snapback foreseen by the resolution.”
“As coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission, I will continue to do everything possible to ensure the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA by all. The JCPOA remains a key pillar of the global non-proliferation architecture, contributing to regional security,” he added.
On the other hand, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said member states must comply with restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in nuclear enrichment and reprocessing-related activities; the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development; and sanctions on transfer of nuclear and missile-related technologies.
“If UN Member States fail to fulfil their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity,” Pompeo said.
His statement came a month after the US officially triggered the process aimed at restoring all UN sanctions on Iran.
However, the international community, including the four other permanent Security Council members, insist the US no longer has the legal ability to force through any changes since it announced its exit from what Trump has branded “the worst deal ever” with a presidential memorandum titled Ceasing US Participation in the JCPOA.
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