Referring to the U.S. triggering snapback of pre-JCPOA UN sanctions, the president of the U.N. Security Council remarked that “it is clear to me that there is one member which has a particular position on the issues, while there are significant numbers of members who have contesting views… In my view there is no consensus in the council. Thus, the president is not in the position to take further action”. The U.S. mission to the UN asserted that Washington was “on firm legal ground to initiate the restoration of sanctions”, and the U.S. ambassador told the council that “the Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter… I only regret that other members of this council have lost their way and now find themselves standing in the company of terrorists”. Iran’s UN mission underscored that “today’s deliberations in the Security Council showed once more the U.S. isolation on the JCPOA and Resolution 2231… Iran trusts that the council members will continue preventing that country from undermining the UN, including the Security Council”.
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