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United Nations won’t assist Washington's unilateral transfer to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran, says group's chief

United Nations will not support Washington's unilateral move to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran, says organization's chief

Secretary-Common mentioned the UN won’t assist US push to revive sanctions towards Tehran with out the approval of the Safety Council, the place overwhelming majority of member states oppose Washington’s efforts regardless of threats.

Antonio Guterres wrote in a letter cited by The Related Press that “there would seem like uncertainty” concerning US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Saturday announcement of restoration of “nearly all” UN sanctions towards Iran.

Washington claims that it triggered the “snapback” mechanism within the Safety Council decision regarding the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, US, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany. Nevertheless, contemplating that Washington unilaterally withdrew from the deal underneath the Trump administration in 2018, overwhelming majority of Safety Council member states contemplate the restoration triggered by the US unlawful and are more likely to ignore it.

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Guterres famous within the letter that “the Safety Council has taken no motion subsequent to the receipt of the letter of the U.S. secretary of state, neither have any of its members or its president.”

It isn’t for the secretary-general to proceed as if no such uncertainty exists.

UN chief added that the group won’t take any motion “pending clarification by the Safety Council” on whether or not or not sanctions must be reimposed.

Earlier, Pompeo threatened to any nation that refuses to cooperate with the US concerning the restoration of Iran sanctions with “penalties.”

Nevertheless, even Washington’s personal NATO allies UK, France and Germany have strongly opposed the transfer in a letter to the UN Safety Council cited by AFP, saying that “any choice or motion taken with a view to re-installing [the sanctions] could be incapable of authorized impact.”

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Reacting to Pompeo’s announcement, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted that “it’s very painful to see how an important nation humiliates itself like this.”

Tensions between Iran and the US reignited after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – often known as the Joint Complete Plan of Motion, or JCPOA. The settlement was geared toward halting Iran’s nuclear program in alternate for sanctions aid.

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