UNSC rejects US demand to impose 'snapback' sanctions on Iran
August 26, 2020
NEW YORK (AFP) - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday rejected United States bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran, saying that it was "not in a position to take further action". The remarks came from Indonesian ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani in a video conference on the Middle East, he cited the lack of consensus in the UN's highest body on the US strategy as the main reason. The Trump administration accuses Tehran of failing to comply with the terms of the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal and is demanding the Security Council reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Washington insists on its legal right to trigger the disputed procedure, called "snapback" — despite pulling out of the deal two years ago. The move threatens to torpedo the Iran accord and plunge the Council into crisis while widening the gulf between the US and almost every other member on Iran policy. Thirteen of the 15 Council members had written to the Indonesian presidency to reject its validity. The US "is alone" in their approach, and "their ultimate goal is to destroy the nuclear agreement when they have already imposed (national) sanctions on Iran," one diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP. Another said that, with the sound rejection of the US bid by almost the entire Council, "normally the matter is closed." The US did not see it that way. "We reminded members of our right under Resolution 2231 to trigger snapback, and our firm intent to do so in the absence of courage and moral clarity by the Council," stated US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft.