Washington 0
13 May 2020

The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, published an opinion piece asserting that “the Security Council must pass a resolution to extend the arms embargo [against Iran]. If this effort is defeated, the Trump administration is prepared to exercise all legally available options to extend the embargo”. He went on to assert that “the U.S. will press ahead and build support to extend the embargo. We have drafted a resolution and hope it will pass… if American diplomacy is frustrated by a veto, however, the U.S. retains the right to renew the arms embargo by other means. Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) lifted most U.N. sanctions but also created a legal mechanism for exclusive use by certain nations to snap sanctions back”. “Iran certainly hasn’t earned the right to have it [ie, the arms embargo] lifted”, Hook concluded. “One way or another, the U.S. will ensure it remains in place against the violent and revolutionary regime in Tehran”.

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