Rouhani made the remarks in a phone call on Monday with Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou after lauding Niger’s support for the landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), clinched by Iran and six world powers in 2015.
“The root cause of many problems in today’s world is the abuse of international organizations by some countries. I’m very happy that Iran and Niger share the view that international relations must be based on justice and lofty human values, which are in turn rooted in independence, solidarity and dignity,” he said, Press TV reported.
The United States is trying to invoke the snapback mechanism in the multilateral nuclear agreement despite its withdrawal from the accord in May 2018 in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorses the deal.
America’s Western allies have refused to fall in step with the push, which follows Washington’s humiliating defeat in securing an extension of the UN arms embargo against Iran at the UNSC.
Only the Dominican Republic voted ‘yes’ to Washington’s resolution calling for the extension of the embargo beyond October 18.
The president of the Security Council on August 25 dismissed attempts by the US to reinstate all UN sanctions against Iran due to a lack of consensus in the 15-member body.
Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, the Security Council’s president for August, said the body was “not in the position to take further action” on the new US push to trigger a ‘snapback’ of all UN sanctions on Iran due to a lack of consensus among the member states to take such measures.
Rouhani extended his congratulations to Issoufou over his country’s presidency of the UN Security Council for September and said, “The two countries of Iran and Niger have always had constructive and positive cooperation on international issues and forums – such as the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – to maintain the independence and neutrality of such forums in order to help them achieve their goals.”
He expressed confidence that Niger, as a NAM member, would act with full independence and professionalism during its presidency of the UN Security Council, and would not allow the United States to abuse the position of the UN and the Security Council in line with its own excessive and unilateral demands.
Rouhani also lauded Niger’s “very constructive position” against a US-drafted resolution, which sought to reimpose on Iran those UN sanctions, which had been lifted as per the JCPOA.
The Nigerian president said his country has always tried to promote its international cooperation on the basis of vital human values and would take the same values as the foundation of its activities at the Security Council.
US not a ‘JCPOA participant’
Meanwhile, Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN said the US is not eligible to use the JCPOA’s snapback mechanism to restore sanctions on Iran since Washington has formally withdrawn from the multilateral accord.
Addressing a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said the majority of Security Council members transparently reaffirmed their stances against Washington’s push to resort to the snapback provision in the JCPOA.
He said legal arguments presented by Security Council members as well as the conclusion subsequently offered by the council’s president were unambiguous and rock-solid: The US is not in a position to initiate anything in the Security Council.
“Following its withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US is not a JCPOA participant, and has no right to initiate a process to reimpose the Security Council’s sanctions,” he said, adding that the latest push is and will be void of any legal effect.
Takht-Ravanchi also called on the Security Council and its members to adhere to their commitments, criticizing the highest UN body for remaining silent on US crimes.