Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Wednesday that the United States would apply new “UN” sanctions against Iran starting next week, despite an overwhelming consensus that Washington is out. limits.
“The United States will do what it always does. It will do its part as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East,” Pompeo said at a joint press conference with the minister. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
“We will do whatever we need to do to make sure these sanctions are applied,” he said.
Last month, Pompeo visited the United Nations to announce the ‘resumption’ of sanctions under a 2015 Security Council resolution after failing to extend an embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran .
The resolution allows any party to a nuclear deal with Iran negotiated under former President Barack Obama to reimpose sanctions, which would take effect a month later.
President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the deal, which he has repeatedly denounced, but Pompeo argues that the United States remains a “participant” as stated in the 2015 resolution.
Sanctions are authorized by a “valid UN Security Council resolution,” Pompeo said.
Trump has already imposed sweeping unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran, inflicting a heavy toll in an attempt to reduce the regional influence of the clerical state.
The United Nations has made it clear that it cannot proceed with the reimposition of UN sanctions, with 13 of the 15 Security Council countries opposing the US move.
The European allies of the United States say they support the extension of the arms embargo but want to preserve a diplomatic solution on the nuclear issue, which they see as more important.
Downplaying the differences, Raab said of the nuclear deal: “We have always welcomed the United States and, indeed, any other effort to expand it.”
“The ways in which we get there, maybe there are nuances of difference, but we have dealt with them … in a constructive way,” he said.
The issue came to a head less than two months before Trump sought another term against Democrat Joe Biden, a supporter of the deal that put the brakes on Iran’s nuclear program.
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