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The United States lost a bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran

U.S. loses Iran arms embargo bid as Putin pushes summit to avoid nuclear deal showdown CNBC

AUG 14 2020
KEY POINTS 
  • Russia and China opposed extending the arms embargo, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
  • Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while Washington and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes.
  • The United States could now follow through on a threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran using a provision in the nuclear deal, known as snapback, even though President Donald Trump abandoned the accord in 2018.

The United States lost a bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran.

Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while Washington and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes.

………… The United States has argued that it can trigger a sanctions snapback because a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal named Washington as a participant. But the remaining parties to the deal are opposed to the move.

Putin said Russia, an ally of Iran in the Syrian civil war, remained fully committed to the nuclear deal and that the aim of a summit would be to outline steps aimed at avoiding “confrontation and escalation of the situation in the Security Council.”…….

Trump, who has walked away from a series of international agreements, has dubbed the 2015 nuclear deal – reached under his predecessor Barack Obama – “the worst deal ever.”

Diplomats have said several countries would argue that the United States legally could not activate a return of sanctions and therefore simply would not reimpose the measures on Iran themselves. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/14/un-rejects-indefinite-extension-of-iran-arms-embargo-us-says.html

August 17, 2020 - Posted by | politics international

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