August 21, 2020 - 12:10 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has formally notified the United Nations that it wants all UN sanctions on Iran restored, claiming significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, in a move that drew swift rejections from countries that remain part of the agreement, Al Jazeera reports.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the notification to the president of the UN Security Council on Thursday, August 20, and later told reporters the U.S. had the right to reimpose sanctions under UN resolution 2231 that laid out the rules of the deal between Iran and six world powers. The US withdrew from the accord in 2018.
"We think this is really straightforward we think this is very simple," Pompeo said. "These UN Security Council resolutions will come back into place 31 days from now, and the United States will vigorously enforce them."
He said he expected the other UN Security Council members to "comply with their obligations".
Iran's Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Thursday the US letter was "inadmissible".
"The US has no legal authority. The US has no legal argument whatsoever," he said.
Ravanchi said the US had failed to utilise the dispute process under resolution 2231, adding that before notifying the Security Council it must have made "good faith efforts to resolve the issue". The US move was "doomed to failure," he said.
"We are confident that nothing is going to happen in the next 30 days. So, the U.S. attempt is is in futility," Ravanchi said.
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has reported some Iranian violations of the agreement, but Tehran says those are the result of the US violating the accord by withdrawing from it and then reimposing harsh unilateral sanctions.