Pompeo leads “ridiculous” U.S. try for more Iran sanctions


“Follow me!”

The extent of US isolation at the UN has been driven home by formal letters from 13 of the 15 security council members opposing Trump administration attempts to extend the economic embargo on Iran.

The letters by the council members were all issued in the 24 hours since the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, came to the UN’s New York headquarters to declare Iran in non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal.

Under that deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), comprehensive UN sanctions on Iran would be restored 30 days after the declaration. But almost every other council member has issued letters saying that the US has no standing to trigger this sanctions “snapback” because it left the JCPOA in May 2018…

“The underlying point here is that most countries on the security council basically agree with the US that Iran is not a nice country and it having nuclear weapons and more arms is not a good thing,” the diplomat said. “But the Americans misplayed their hand so often, so aggressively, that they isolated themselves from people not on policy, but on just being unpleasant.”

It’s hard for politicians corrupt as most Trump appointees to impress anyone this side of the late Al Capone as decent world citizens.

3 thoughts on “Pompeo leads “ridiculous” U.S. try for more Iran sanctions

  1. Update says:

    “US against the world over Iran ‘snapback’ sanctions : Washington to declare UN sanctions back in effect on Tehran despite overwhelming objection from international community.” https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/world-iran-snapback-sanctions-200919114941630.html
    Thirteen of the 15 UN Security Council (UNSC) members, including Britain, France and Germany, say Washington’s move is void and diplomats believe few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran.
    Trump plans to issue an executive order allowing him to impose US sanctions on anyone who violates the UN arms embargo on Iran, sources told Reuters, in a bid to reinforce the US assertion that the measure has been extended indefinitely beyond October 18.
    Six weeks out from the US election, Trump could also use his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday to “try and create a shock by announcing some sort of financial penalty on the UN because of his dissatisfaction over the snapback process”, said Richard Gowan, of the International Crisis Group.
    Meanwhile: “US sanctions ‘ruining lives’, Iran tells United Nations court : US sanctions causing record drop in trade, a near-doubling of food prices, and severe effects on the health system. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/sanctions-ruining-lives-iran-tells-united-nations-court-200916150929552.html

    • How about another Splendid Little War? says:

      The United States has broken with all other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally declared the re-imposition of all UN sanctions against Iran – a claim rejected by Iran and the international community, including Washington’s close allies, as having no legal basis.
      In a statement on Sunday following the expiration of a deadline set by the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened “consequences” for any UN member state that does not comply with the punitive measures, which were lifted under a landmark nuclear deal that was signed between six world powers and Iran in 2015 but was abandoned by the US more than two years ago.
      “If UN Member States fail to fulfil their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity,” Pompeo said.
      However, the international community, including the four other permanent Security Council members, insist the US no longer has the legal ability to force through any changes since it announced its exit from what Trump has branded “the worst deal ever” with a presidential memorandum titled Ceasing US Participation in the JCPOA.
      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/claims-sanctions-iran-reinstated-world-disagrees-200920053722999.html
      See “Presidential Memoranda: Ceasing U.S. Participation in the JCPOA and Taking Additional Action to Counter Iran’s Malign Influence and Deny Iran All Paths to a Nuclear Weapon. Issued on May 8, 2018” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/ceasing-u-s-participation-jcpoa-taking-additional-action-counter-irans-malign-influence-deny-iran-paths-nuclear-weapon/

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