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


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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.

19 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/

  2. Ahoy says:

    “Iran sends biggest ever fleet of oil tankers to Venezuela : Defying US sanctions, Iran sends flotilla of about 10 vessels to help the Latin American nation fight a crippling fuel shortage.
    The country that was once a top supplier of crude to the U.S. and boasted one of the lowest domestic gasoline prices in the world, now can barely produce any fuel.” https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2020/12/6/biggest-iranian-flotilla-yet-en-route-to-venezuela-with-fuel
    The Nicolas Maduro regime is widening its reliance on Iran as an ally of last resort after even Russia and China have avoided challenging the U.S. ban on trade with Venezuela.
    “We’re watching what Iran is doing and making sure that other shippers, insurers, ship owners, ship captains realize they must stay away from that trade,” Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Iran and Venezuela, said in September.

    Meanwhile: “The top U.S. Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday that America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. https://news.yahoo.com/us-navy-official-says-uneasy-093250764.html
    “We have achieved an uneasy deterrence. That uneasy deterrence is exacerbated by world events and by events along the way,” vice admiral Sam Paparo said. “But I have found Iranian activity at sea to be cautious and circumspect and respectful, to not risk unnecessary miscalculation or escalation at sea.”

  3. Update says:

    Rouhani: ‘No negotiations’ needed to restore Iran nuclear deal https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/9/iran-rouhani-no-negotiations-on-nuclear-deal
    President Rouhani says Iran will return to its commitments that were part of the deal if other signatories do the same.
    Following the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh outside Tehran last month, the Iranian parliament, dominated by conservatives and hardliners, quickly passed a bill that aims to increase uranium enrichment and expel inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    The Rouhani administration has explicitly said it opposes the legislation and was not consulted in its drafting.

  4. CRM-114 says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “In a new show of military might, two American bomber aircraft took off from the United States and flew over a swath of the Middle East on Thursday, sending what U.S. officials said was a direct message of deterrence to Iran.
    The flight of the two massive B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the region, the second such mission in less than a month, was designed to underscore America’s continuing commitment to the Middle East even as President Donald Trump’s administration withdraws thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The long-range heavy bombers, which are capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons, are a formidable sight and are flown less frequently in the Middle East than smaller combat aircraft, such as American fighter jets. Adversaries often complain about bomber flights in their region, deeming them a provocative show of force.” https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-afghanistan-iran-persian-gulf-tensions-middle-east-0dba244ea2d84d462f0cf42fbf2c43c7

  5. Hope says:

    December 24, 2020: “Iran has secured an approval from the United States to transfer funds for coronavirus vaccines from overseas, the central bank chief has said, as its daily death toll fell to a three-month low.
    Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said an Iranian bank had received backing from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to transfer the money to a Swiss bank to pay for the vaccines.
    There was no immediate US reaction to Hemmati’s remarks.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/24/iran-says-us-approved-its-funds-transfer-to-buy-covid-vaccines

  6. Casus belli says:

    (1/2/21) Trump may launch ‘reckless’ attack on Iran, experts fear : Trump administration’s ‘sabre-rattling and aggressive rhetoric’ raise fears about a potential confrontation with Iran before Joe Biden takes office. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/2/trump-may-launch-reckless-attack-iran-experts-fear
    Trump is under pressure from key allies in the Middle East – namely Israel and Saudi Arabia – to take action on Iran, said Danny Postel, assistant director of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University.
    “Trump is a very wounded and very cornered animal in an end-game scenario. He’s got a few weeks left, and we know that he is capable of extremely erratic behavior,” Postel, an expert on Iran and US foreign policy, told Al Jazeera in an interview.

  7. Meanwhile: says:

    “Voice of America White House Reporter Reassigned After Questioning Pompeo” https://www.npr.org/2021/01/12/955976976/voice-of-america-white-house-reporter-reassigned-after-questioning-pompeo
    “…In his speech, Pompeo waded into the clash between the Voice of America and the CEO of its federal parent, the U.S. Agency for Global Media, over how much journalistic independence it has. President Trump’s pick as CEO, Michael Pack, has said he is intent on “draining the swamp” of VOA from journalists who, he claims, are biased against the president and emphasizing America’s faults to the world through their reports. Pack was present in the foyer for the exchange between the reporter and the Cabinet secretary.”

    With a little over a week left in the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions Monday on Cuba’s government and the Houthi rebels in Yemen, sparking a barrage of criticism against the latest 11th-hour moves to change U.S. foreign policy.
    Congress was so infuriated, particularly about the Houthi designation, that lawmakers’ staff berated a group of State Department officials who were briefing them on the designations Monday morning.
    “You need to stop f—ing lying to Congress,” one staffer told the officials, according to two congressional aides. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fury-trumps-11th-hour-yemen-cuba-sanctions/story?id=75184964

  8. Déjà vu says:

    “The ‘Iran-al-Qaeda Axis’: Here we go again : Two decades after invading Iraq for alleged links to al-Qaeda, the US now says Iran is the armed group’s ‘new home’.” https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/1/13/the-iran-al-qaeda-axis-here-we-go-again
    “Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented this final hallucination in a speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC: “Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
    Never mind that al-Qaeda and Iran are, you know, mortal enemies. The truth matters not in matters of national security.
    …Naturally, Pompeo did not provide any evidence in support of his grand vision – but that did not stop the Secretary of State from calling on “every country [to] recognize that this unholy collusion is dramatically increasing the risk of terror attacks against their people”.

  9. Oscar Mike says:

    “Qatar is urging Gulf nations to enter into a dialogue with Iran and has offered to broker negotiations after a three-year blockade on Doha was recently removed by its Arab neighbors.
    Qatar, which shares a major gas field with Iran, has for years called on Gulf Arab states to enter talks with Iran, which they accuse of fomenting unrest in the Middle East, accusations Tehran denies.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/19/qatar-urges-gulf-countries-to-revive-diplomacy-with-iran
    (Jan 13, 2020): “In Cairo, Pompeo delivers Trump’s vision: Confrontation with Iran” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/1/13/in-cairo-pompeo-delivers-trumps-vision-confrontation-with-iran see also “Mike Pompeo: Trump is building a new world order” (Dec 4, 2018) https://nypost.com/2018/12/04/mike-pompeo-trump-is-building-a-new-world-order/

  10. Business as usual says:

    (FOX NEWS 1/26/21): “DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The U.S. military is exploring the possibility of using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and additional two airfields in the kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, the military said Tuesday.
    While describing the work as “contingency” planning, the U.S. military said it already has tested unloading and shipping cargo overland from Saudi Arabia’s port at Yanbu, a crucial terminal for oil pipelines in the kingdom.
    Using Yanbu, as well as air bases at Tabuk and Taif along the Red Sea, would give the American military more options along a crucial waterway that has come under increased attack from suspected mine and drone boat attacks by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.” https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-exploring-new-bases-saudi-arabia-iran-tensions
    Houthi movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthi_movement
    Shia–Sunni relations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia%E2%80%93Sunni_relations

  11. Hope says:

    “US President Joe Biden’s administration has pulled an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf in a move to potentially ease tensions with Iran, which had soared under former President Donald Trump.
    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group had sailed from the US military’s Central Command in the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific Command region. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/3/us-moves-carrier-from-gulf-in-a-sign-of-ebbing-tensions

  12. Knob job says:

    Fox News has hired former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a contributor, the network announced Thursday.
    Fox News’s hiring of Pompeo, already a frequent guest on the network, installs another top Trump administration official and staunch defender of the former president as a fixture on the network, which has also brought on former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/08/fox-news-hires-mike-pompeo-480189

  13. Update says:

    The Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot antimissile batteries from four Middle East countries as the US reduces its military footprint in the region amid a reduction in tensions with Iran, a US news outlet reported on Friday.
    The Pentagon is pulling about eight Patriot antimissile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from Saudi Arabia that had been deployed by the previous Trump administration, the Wall Street Journal reported citing unnamed US officials. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/18/us-pulls-antimissile-batteries-from-middle-east-report
    Also: Iran’s outgoing Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has expressed optimism about the ongoing talks in Vienna aimed at salvaging his country’s nuclear deal with world powers, suggesting an agreement might be possible even before new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes office in August. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/19/iran-javad-zarif-suggests-jcpoa-could-salvage-before-raisi-takes-office
    The 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.
    However, former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the accord in 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. In response, Iran has stepped back from key nuclear commitments, leaving the JCPOA hanging by a thread.
    Since April, Iran and the other signatories – Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union – have been trying to find common ground to keep the deal alive.

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