UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week that Iran would lose its right to vote in the General Assembly after failing to pay contributions to the multilateral organization’s operating budget.
In a letter to General Assembly Speaker Volkan Bozkir Guterres, the theocratic regime, along with countries including the Central African Republic and Somalia, have overdue obligations. Iran will not be able to vote, but a previous resolution has allowed some countries, including Somalia, to continue voting in the current session, which ends in September.
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Iran will have to pay $ 16,251,298 to restore its voting rights, compared to $ 1
The UN Charter says that members whose arrears are equal to or exceed their contributions for the previous two years lose their rights, but also allows the General Assembly to decide that non-payment is beyond their control and allows them to vote.
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Iran and its movements in the UN are being closely monitored, as it appears to be re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal on Iran, which has been codified by the UN Security Council. Negotiations continue to return both the United States, which left the Trump administration, and Iran back to the agreement.
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Meanwhile, the United States is re-entering the UN institutions from which the Trump administration withdrew – including the World Health Organization and the controversial Human Rights Council.
Ben Evansky of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.