Foreign minister Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse Panel Stops Contempt Trial Against Pompeo After Documents Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Slams Beijing Over Coronavirus: “Could Be Contained In Wuhan” Hillicon Valley: FBI Chief Says Russia Is Trying To Get Into The Meddling in elections to undermine Biden Treasury Department sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers MORE announced on Saturday that the US will again impose UN sanctions on Iran amid mounting tensions in the region.
President Trump teased the sanctions earlier this week, pledging to enforce them, despite the vast majority of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) rejecting United States authority to reinstate the sanctions.
“The United States expects all UN member states to fully honor their commitments to implement these measures.” Pompeo said in a statement. “In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iranian enrichment and reprocessing activities, the ban on testing and the development of ballistic missiles by Iran, and sanctions for the transfer of nuclear and missile technologies to Iran, among others. “
Pompeo said that if UN member states do not support the sanctions, the US will be “ready to use our national authorities to draw conclusions for these failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of the UN’s banned activities “.
“In the coming days, the United States will announce a number of additional measures to strengthen the implementation of UN sanctions and bring violations to justice,” added Pompeo.
Other UN members have rejected the idea that the US could reimpose the UN sanctions lifted under the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018. The UN Security Council is unlikely to recognize the snapback sanctions.
The Iranian UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said the sanctions were “null and void”.
“US ‘illegal & false’ deadline ‘has come and gone.” Ravanchi wrote on Twitter, Warning that the US “will swim against international currents, it will only bring more isolation”.
According to the Guardian’s Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, he described the sanctions as a “false claim” that will not materialize.
“The Americans claim that … within a few hours the resolutions [sanctions] will return. But they themselves realize that this is a false claim, ”Zarif reportedly said on a state television station. “Americans usually act as bullies and impose sanctions … The world community should decide how to tackle bullying.”