The latest move is the latest in a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran – one that has left the United States largely isolated. This comes after the administration failed to extend the embargo on conventional weapons, scheduled to expire next month on Iran’s nuclear deal.
“The United States expects all UN member states to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as a ban on Iran’s enrichment and processing activities, a ban on ballistic missile tests and developments by Iran and sanctions for the transfer of nuclear and missile technologies to Iran, among others.If UN member states fail to meet their obligations to enforce these sanctions, the United States is ready to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences on those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-banned activities, “Pompeo said in a statement.
Other countries have rejected the US argument that it can reinstate UN sanctions that were lifted on the nuclear deal with Iran after the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in 201
“In the coming days, the United States will announce a number of additional measures to strengthen the implementation of UN sanctions and force violators to be held accountable,” Pompeo said, without providing further details on those measures.
In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General, Iran called on the Council to block any US attempt to reinstate international sanctions.
“Given that the stated goal of the United States is to completely destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to that end its strategy is to create a legal complication by presenting unilateral arbitrary interpretations and pseudo-legal arguments, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the members of the The Security Council will once again reject the United States’ ongoing attempts to abuse the Security Council process, thereby undermining the authority and confidence of the Council and the United Nations, “said Iranian UN Ambassador Majid Taht Ravanci in the letter.
He also responded to the news on Twitter, saying that “UN member states continue to maintain that the United States is NOT a member of the JCPOA, so his claim of a snapback is null and void.”
“The United States is MORE violating the JCPOA and Res 2231 – swimming against international currents will only bring more isolation,” he wrote on Twitter.
Experts told CNN that this unilateral effort – which took place less than two months before the presidential election – is unlikely to affect arms sales per se. Some say the move further alienates the United States from its E3 allies – Germany, France and the United Kingdom – and further undermines Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.