The United Nation will not support a US push to restore sanctions against Tehran without the approval of its Security Council, where an inordinate majority of member states oppose Washington’s efforts in spite of threats.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a letter quoted by the Associated Press that “there would appear to be uncertainty” regarding US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Saturday announcement of the restoration of “virtually all” UN sanctions against Iran.
The United States maintains that it triggered the “snap-back” mechanism in the Security Council resolution concerning the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran,US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany.
However, considering that Washington unilaterally withdrew from the deal under the Trump administration in 2018, an overwhelming majority of Security Council member states consider the restoration triggered by the US as illegal and are likely to ignore it.
UN chief added that the organization won’t take any action “pending clarification by the SC” on whether or not sanctions should be reimposed.
Primarily, Mike Pompeo threatened to any nation that refuses to cooperate with the US regarding the restoration of Iran sanctions with “consequences.”
Meanwhile, the United States own NATO allies the UK, France, and Germany have strongly opposed the move in a letter to the UN Security Council cited by AFP, saying that “any decision or action is taken with a view to re-installing [the sanctions] would be incapable of legal effect.”
In response to Mr. Mike Pompeo’s announcement, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted that “it’s very painful to see how a great country humiliates itself like this.”
Tensions between Iran and the United States rekindled after the unilaterally withdrawal of the Trump administration from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. The aim of the agreement was to halt Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.