The United States on Saturday unilaterally announced that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that increases Washington’s secession but at the same time international tensions. .
“Today, the United States welcomes the withdrawal of almost all previously UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
According to him, the measures were “back in effect” from 8:00 pm Washington time (0000 GMT Sunday).
US President Donald Trump’s government also promised to “impose consequences” on any UN member state that does not abide by the sanctions, even though it is one of the only countries in the world that believes they are in force. .
This threat is formidable: Those who disregard Washington will be denied access to the American financial system and markets.
Pompeo stated, “If members of the United Nations fail to meet their obligations to enforce these sanctions, the United States will use our domestic authorities to prepare and ensure the consequences for those failures.” Is prepared for that Iran does not revert the benefits of UN-prohibited activity, ”Pompeo said.
He promised that measures would be announced against “violators” in the coming days.
With 45 days to go until the November 2 election, Trump may unveil those measures during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
However, Washington is almost alone on this issue: all other great powers – China, Russia and the US’s own European allies – have challenged this claim.
France, Britain and Germany said in a joint letter sent to the Security Council on Friday, “Any decision or action to reestablish (sanctions) the AFP will be incapable of legal effect.”
US Secretary of State Jawad Zarif said on Saturday that Americans themselves realize that this is a “false claim”
How did the United Nations reach this spectacular stand-off between the leading superpower and the rest of the planet? To answer this, one has to return at least once a month.
In mid-August, Trump’s administration suffered a resounding defeat at the UN Security Council when it tried to expand the Embarro on conventional weapons sent to Tehran, which was scheduled to expire in October.
Pompeo launched an unusually gruesome attack on France, Britain and Germany, accusing them of “siding with Iran’s Ayatollah”, and announced a controversial move on 20 August, known as “snapback” , Which was intended to reestablish all sanctions against Tehran in a month. Later.
Sanctions were lifted in 2015 when Iran signed an international agreement not to manufacture nuclear weapons.
But Trump said the landmark agreement negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was inadequate and he withdrew the US from the agreement in 2018, then renewed and also tightened Washington’s bilateral sanctions.
At the moment, the US is insisting that it is still a partner in the agreement it exited, but only because it can activate the “snapback” option.
Virtually every other member of the Security Council disputed Washington’s ability to execute this legal pyroute, and the council took no further measures.
But this dialogue of the deaf has gone unabated: the Trump administration acts as if international sanctions have been imposed, while the rest of the international community acts as if nothing has changed.
Washington has gone door-to-door to say that the arsenal has been extended “indefinitely” and that many activities related to Tehran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs are now subject to international sanctions.
A United Nations diplomat said, “I don’t see anything happening.” “This will be just a statement. It’s like pulling the trigger and no bullet is coming out.”
Another diplomat removed the “unilateral” US act, stating that “Russia and China are sitting, happy, eating popcorn,” seeing “huge instability outbreaks” between Washington and its European partners.
But if the United States meets the threat of secondary sanctions, tensions may persist.
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