State Department officials said Wednesday that they will push forward U.S. sanctions against Iran and impose sanctions on anyone who violates the United Nations arms embargo, despite its expiration next month under the 2015 nuclear deal.
U.S. Special Representative in Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said there could be repercussions for the international community if they try to trade in weapons with Iran, as U.S. security officials believe the Middle East country has been developing nuclear weapons.
Iran has denied any involvement in the development of its nuclear arsenals.
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“It is time for peace-loving nations to recognize this reality and join us in imposing sanctions on Iran,”; Abrams said during a press conference, before claiming that other Security Council member countries of the UN would also participate in the application of sanctions.
“It’s surprising that anyone thinks or would have thought it reasonable to allow the arms embargo on Iran to expire next month, given the regime’s role in destabilizing Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. and their continued support for terrorism, “he added.
But Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, the other permanent member nations of the United Nations Security Council, have flatly rejected the United States’ ability to unilaterally apply instant sanctions once the embargo is lifted. ‘arms on 18 October.
“Our position on the effectiveness of US notification under resolution 2231 has been very clearly expressed to the presidency and all members of the UNSC,” Germany, France and the United Kingdom said in a statement. joint statement last month. “Therefore, we cannot support this action, which is inconsistent with our current efforts to support the JCPoA.”
The UNSC determined that after President Trump withdrew from the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPoA), also known as the 2015 nuclear deal, the U.S. lost the ability to dictate terms on the nuclear non-proliferation strategy. of Iran.
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But when a journalist asked him today why the United States is pushing ahead with sanctions despite the international community rejecting its legality to enforce sanctions, Abrams said he is confident the rest of the member nations will see the need to instant sanctions.
“It’s like pulling a trigger and no bullet comes out,” a senior UN Security Council diplomat told Reuters after Wednesday’s announcement by the State Department. “There will be no snapshots, sanctions will remain suspended and the JCPOA (nuclear deal) will remain in place.”
During a press conference earlier Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sided with UK Secretary of State Dominic Raab and said the US “will do all the things we need to do “to ensure that sanctions are replaced in Iran.
While Raab did not directly say he supported U.S. calls to sanction Tehran, he did express concern over the expiring JCPoA deal.
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“We share U.S. concerns about Iran and the Iranian threat, both on the nuclear side and on the region’s broader destabilizing activities,” Raab said.
Abrams said he was working on “concrete plans” on how to apply secondary sanctions, but added that the State Department will have several announcements in the coming days on how it plans to “apply these returned UN sanctions.”
Adam Shaw contributed to this report.