Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote to the UN Secretary-General to posit that “the United Nations should not become hostage to the political situation in the U.S., which has decided to withdraw from the plan [ie, JCPOA]… There are no valid grounds for raising in the Security Council the issue of an arms embargo against Iran”. “A party which disowns or does not fulfill its own obligations cannot be recognised as retaining the rights which it claims to derive from a relationship”, he added. The following day, the EU’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, asserted that “the U.S. has withdrawn from the JCPOA, and now they cannot claim that they are still part of the JCPOA in order to deal with this issue from the JCPOA agreement. They withdraw. It’s clear”.
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