The latest move is the latest in a series of “maximum pressure” campaigns against Tehran – which has left the United States largely alone. This comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional weapons ban, which expires next month under the Iran nuclear deal.
“The United States expects all UN member states to fully comply with their commitments to implement these measures. Sanctions on the transfer of missile technology to Iran, among others.
Other countries have rejected US claims that the Trump administration could re-enforce UN sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal following its withdrawal from the deal in 2018. Don’t think they don’t recognize Snapback restrictions.
“In the coming days, the United States will announce a number of additional measures to strengthen the implementation of UN sanctions and hold accountable violators,” Pompeo said without elaborating on those measures.
In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General, Iran called on the Council to suspend US efforts to re-impose international sanctions.
“The United States’ intended goal is to completely destroy the Comprehensive Comprehensive Action Plan and to that end, its strategy is to create legal problems by presenting arbitrary explanations and pseudo-legal arguments. The continued effort will be rejected once again, thereby undermining the authority and credibility of the Council and the United Nations, “said Majid Takht Rawanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Responding to the news on Twitter, he said, “The UNSC member states are not JCPOA participants in the continuation of the US, so the argument of” snapback “is null & void.
“US still violates JCPOA and RES 2231. Swimming against intel currents will be more isolated,” he tweeted.
With less than two months to go before the presidential election, experts say CNN is unlikely to have an impact on arms sales. The move would further alienate the United States from its E3 allies Germany, France and the United Kingdom and serve to further reduce the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.