0737 GMT April 23, 2021
Iran: UNSC consensus once again proved US isolation
France: 13 of 15 UNSC members agree Washington no longer part of JCPOA
China hails UNSC announcement as 'right step towards right direction'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States’ failures at the UN Security Council are because of the Iranian nation’s resistance as Washington suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback on Tuesday.
"The fact that the United States suffers defeat after defeat in the Security Council every day is due to our nation's resistance”, President Rouhani said during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Rouhani stressed that despite all the pressures exerted by the US, “the people did not surrender to the enemy”.
On Tuesday, the US suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN Security Council rejected the Donald Trump administration’s attempt to “snap back” sanctions on Iran.
Last week, the US was also rebuffed when 13 countries of the Security Council argued that the US had no legal right to “snap back” sanctions because it had already walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, the UNSC’s president for August, said at a meeting on the Middle East on Tuesday that the 15-nation body was “not in the position to take further action” on the new US push after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Thursday triggered a 30-day process to reimpose all international sanctions on Iran by lodging a complaint with the council accusing Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal.
Djani said that no further action could be taken on the US request, because there was no consensus on the 15-nation body.
Indonesia’s UN ambassador was responding to a question from Russia and China on the issue.
US Ambassador Kelly Craft hit back after Djani spoke.
“Let me just make it really, really clear: the Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter,” she told the council.
The United States argues that it can trigger the process – known as snapback – because a 2015 Security Council resolution that enshrines the nuclear deal still names it as a participant.
US ‘is alone’
The US "is alone" in their approach, and "their ultimate goal is to destroy the Iran nuclear agreement when they have already imposed (national) sanctions on Iran," one diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP.
Hours after the Security Council’s rejection of the American bid, Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in statement that the overwhelming consensus among members of the UN Security Council against the US push to reinstate all anti-Iran UN sanctions proves Washington’s isolation once again.
“Today, the overwhelming majority of the Security Council members rejected once again the admissibility of the recent letter” submitted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “notifying” the council of Washington’s intention to “snap back,” or restore, all UN sanctions on Iran.
The statement reminded that “through individual or joint letters addressed to the Council’s president, 13 out of 15 members of the Security Council” as well as Iran “have already strongly refuted the legal merit of the US letter.”
The US’s push comes while it has lost the right to enable re-imposition of the sanctions due to its 2018 departure from a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and other countries – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – that has been endorsed in the form of Security Council Resolution 2231.
The Iranian statement further said, “Given that the stated objective of the US is to destroy Resolution 2231 and the JCPOA, Iran trusts that the Council members will continue preventing that country from undermining the UN, including the Security Council.”
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia also said he hoped the US would now drop its bid to snapback Iran sanctions, “which is not only illegal, but simply will not lead to achieving the result that was envisaged by the United States.”
“Right step towards right direction”
China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun called Djani’s conclusion “the right step towards the right direction.”
He said Beijing is determined to defend multilateralism, the JCPOA and Mideast peace, “whatever the United States says.”
France’s Deputy UN Ambassador Anne Gueguen said 13 of the 15 council members, including the three European nations still party to the JCPOA, agree the US is no longer part of the deal and therefore its notification of “snap back” has no effect.
Pompeo’s ‘lawless bullying’
On Twitter, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Pompeo’s “lawless bullying leaves US isolated again.”
Zarif said the UNSC members had to use a meeting on the Middle East, not Iran, to refute the US attempt “as null and void” after Washington prevented a debate at the Council about its “unlawful notification” a day earlier.
The Security Council also resoundingly rejected a US attempt on Aug. 14 to extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October.
The new anti-Iran bid comes after the UNSC similarly snubbed a resolution drafted by the US on Aug. 14 to extend an arms embargo against Iran that will expire in October under the JCPOA.
‘US can’t hide behind smear campaigns’
The Iranian mission, meanwhile, pointed to the allegations that the United States has been using against Tehran in order to try and justify its anti-Iran campaigns throughout the world, including at the Security Council.
Washington ceaselessly accuses Iran of trying to “destabilize” the region and the world, alleging that the Iranian peaceful nuclear program features “diversion towards military purpose” with that end in mind.
“Regarding unfounded accusations against Iran raised in the Council meeting by the US, it must be stressed that almost all problems in the Middle East stem from the continued occupation of Palestine by the Israeli regime and its expansionist policies supported by the US, as well as the meddling, destabilizing policies and destructive practices of the United States, which cannot be covered up by no amount of smear campaign,” the mission said.
IRNA, Press TV, Reuters and AP contributed to this story.