“[US President Donald] Trump’s administration brought about another defeat for itself at the end of 2020, and once again showed the isolation of its policy concerning the JCPOA,” Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted on Thursday.
He was referring by acronym to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear deal that has the Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany as its other partners alongside Iran, Press TV reported.
The United States unilaterally left the nuclear agreement in 2018. It, therefore, lost all possible rights to invoke its terms, including a so-called snapback mechanism that enables return of all of the Security Council sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
However, acting as if it was still a JCPOA member, Trump administration went to the UNSC earlier last year and tried to have the sanctions returned. As predicted, it was snubbed by the absolute majority of the Security Council’s 15-strong members.
Baeidinejad’s remarks came after the US took yet another unrealistic move by asking the Security Council to allocate a budget for the implementation of the snapback mechanism, although the provision has not been triggered as Washington would have desired.
The unjustified nature of Washington’s latter move was verified by the opposition it was met with on the part of 110 UN members.
The Iranian diplomat described the response served to the US as an instance of “decisive objection.”
Iran's envoy reminded that even Washington’s allies in the JCPOA – Britain, France, and Germany – and many other pro-US members of UN rejected its proposal in chorus with the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which traditionally oppose big powers' one-upmanship.