News ID: 270861
Published: 0215 GMT June 30, 2020

Zarif: US first country in UN history to punish law-abiding states

Zarif: US first country in UN history to punish law-abiding states

Iran’s foreign minister slammed the US for urging the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal to violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorsed the agreement.

“The US isn’t merely violating JCPOA and bullying others to do so, too,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his tweet, and added, “It also has the dishonor of being first in UN history to punish law-abiding countries for NOT violating a Security Council res.”

The top diplomat said he would present Iran’s case to the Security Council on June 30, reported.

Iran’s UN envoy on Tuesday said the US attempts to extend a United Nations arms embargo against Tehran are a blatant violation of Resolution 2231.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the comments in an interview with IRNA when asked about Tuesday’s Security Council session, which is to discuss the expiration in October of the arms ban against Iran.

“Americans will once again hear the support of the UN Security Council and the international community for the JCPOA and Resolution 2231,” Takht-Ravanchi said, using the acronym for the Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Press TV reported.

Washington has said it is resolved to have the embargo on the sales of conventional weapons to Iran prolonged.

But Washington is legally prohibited from seeking such an extension as it left the deal in May 2018 in violation of Resolution 2231.

Takht-Ravanchi said the international community is, in general, willing to preserve the Iran deal and the related UNSC resolution, adding both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and many world leaders have reiterated their support for both.

This is indicative of the widespread global opposition to the hostile US stance, he added.

Criticizing Washington for its decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, the Iranian official said it was “unprecedented” for a permanent member of the UNSC to act against a resolution spearheaded by itself.

“What is worse is that the US is seeking to punish countries that are implementing that document. This signals [an attempt] to create chaos in the international order, something long sought by the Americans.”

The Iranian official said the Americans only want to advance their own interests even if they run counter to international law.

“Their (Americans’) main objective behind seeking to extend the arms embargo on Iran is to destroy the JCPOA, and they know that the UNSC is not buying it,” said Takht-Ravanchi.

He further censured a recent anti-Iran resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors, saying it had no legal basis

Takht-Ravanchi said adopting such a resolution was a politically-motivated move in line with the US push to put more pressure on Iran.

The Iranian official rejected the IAEA resolution as unacceptable, saying it was passed despite Tehran’s full cooperation with the agency.



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