Washington 0
12 August 2020

The U.S. ambassador to the UN confirmed that the U.S. had “introduced a draft Security Council resolution to extend the existing embargo on conventional weapons sales to and from Iran… It is a straightforward, common-sense measure requested by countries in the Middle East that have suffered the most as a result of the Iranian regime’s active support for terrorism and mayhem across the region and beyond”. She further urged “all Security Council members to wake up to the real-world implications of allowing this arms embargo to lapse”. Relatedly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that if the resolution was vetoed, “we’re going to make it come back. We have the right to do it under 2231 and we’re going to do it”. Media reports on 13 August indicated that the U.S. had circulated a six-page document arguing that “the U.S. had ‘an explicit right’ to initiate the snapback sanctions under the UN resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal, and that any argument to the contrary would ‘create a perilous precedent that could threaten the force of virtually any Security Council decision’”.

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