Europeans do not agree with new proposal on Iran sanctions
The US Secretary promptly accused Europeans of ”taking sides in ayatollahs”. He called it a huge mistake not to extend the embargo on the supply of conventional weapons by Iran.
To the great displeasure of the United States, the UN Security Council did not extend an arms embargo on Iran earlier this month. The 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and a number of countries states that the arms embargo expires in mid-October of this year. American president Donald Trump sent his secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to UN headquarters today to convey and defend his wishes.
The sanctions were once imposed to prevent Iran from continuing to develop an atomic bomb. The sanctions were lifted following an agreement between Iran, the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Under Trump, the United States withdrew in 2018 from the agreement that its predecessor, Barack Obama, had been working for for for a long time. However, the Trump government is now calling for an agreement from the agreement. This is the so-called snap-back procedure, which can be used if Iran fails to comply with the agreements. This could lead to the automatic reactivation of sanctions after 30 days.
The use of this procedure puts the US on a collision course with major European allies. They want to save the nuclear agreement and feel that the US cannot activate the snap-back because Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement.
Russia has asked for a public, virtual session of the UN Security Council on Iran. That is what the Russian UN mission in New York said to diplomats. The meeting should be held tomorrow. The Russian request came in response to the US demand that the UN restore all global sanctions against Iran through the so-called snapback procedure.