The United States suffered, Tuesday, August 25, a new disavowal at the United Nations (UN) in their desire to see the reestablishment of international sanctions against Iran. The presidency of the Security Council, ensured by Indonesia, affirmed “Not be able to decide on a new action” to accommodate the American request.
During a videoconference devoted to the Middle East, the Indonesian ambassador, Dian Triansyah Djani, put forward as the main reason the lack of consensus within the supreme UN body on the approach of Washington.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the Iranian mission to the UN welcomed the rejection of the American approach by “An overwhelming majority”. The US notification is “Null and void, has no legal value and effect and is therefore totally inadmissible”, reports this press release.
A referral deemed “illegal” by thirteen members of the Council
In the wake of a notification last week from the United States to the UN aimed at restoring international sanctions against Tehran, thirteen out of fifteen Security Council members (excluding the United States and the Dominican Republic) wrote to the Indonesian Presidency to reject its validity.
According to these countries, Washington, no longer part of the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015 with Tehran since 2018, has no legal basis for triggering at the UN a return of international sanctions via this pact. This notification “Did not take place for us”, declares to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity a diplomat from one of the thirteen countries in question. In their approach, “The United States are alone” and “Their final goal is to destroy the nuclear deal when they have already imposed sanctions [nationales] to Iran “, he adds.
“The referral to the UN by the United States has been deemed illegal by thirteen members of the Security Council. Normally the subject is closed », adds an ambassador, also on condition of anonymity.
But the United States does not admit defeat. “By virtue of resolution 2,231” having ratified the 2015 nuclear agreement, “We are entitled to trigger” the return of international sanctions and let’s keep it “Firm intention to do so in the absence of courage and moral clarity of the Council”, attacked the American ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft.
Under the 2015 agreement, a notification of violation of its commitments by Iran must in principle be followed by a motion for a resolution by the presidency of the Security Council. Indonesia’s dismissal of this option was welcomed by several Council members on Tuesday. According to diplomats, Washington could go so far as to table its own draft resolution, paving the way for further confusion.