UN Security Council rejects US bid to extend arms embargo on Iran

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The president of the UN Security Council denied the US’s demand to restore all sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, a move that drew a furious rebuke from the US ambassador who claimed opponents of supporting “terrorists.”

Indonesia’s UN Ambassador, Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country is presiding over the Security Council in August, said the council was “not in the position to take action” in response to Russia’s question during a meeting on the Middle East.

The move drew a furious rebuke from Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the UN, who labeled the opposing countries of supporting “terrorists.”

US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft following a meeting with members of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, USA, August 20, 2020.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft following a meeting with members of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, USA. © Mike Segar, REUTERS

“Let me just make it clear: the Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter,” Craft said.

“I regret that other members of this council have lost their way and now find themselves standing in the company of terrorists.”

It was not immediately clear whether Indonesia’s assessment would end the US push to reimpose all sanctions on Iran.

Niger is scheduled to take over the Security Council’s presidency in September. Still, its ambassador has already sent a letter to the UN calling the US action “illegal,” so it is likely to dismiss the US demand.

‘There is no snapback.’

Russia’s UN Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said he hoped the US would now drop its bid for snapback Iran sanctions, “that is not only illegal but also will not lead to achieving the result, which was envisaged by the United States.”

Nebenzia’s deputy, Dmitry Polyanskiy, summed up the Indonesian assessment in a tweet: “It means, there is NO SNAPBACK.”

However , the US argues it can still trigger the “snapback” process, because a 2015 UNSC resolution that enshrined the deal, names Washington as a participant.

On August the 14th, the UNSC resoundingly rejected a US bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October.

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