UN Security Council rejects US demand to ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran
27 Aug 2020

The UN on Tuesday dismissed a controversial bid by the United States to reimpose all international sanctions against Iran, laying bare the differences between Washington and other members of the Security Council on Iran policy.

The council presidency, held by Indonesia since in August, said it was “not in a position to take further action” on Washington’s request citing a lack of consensus in the 15-member body.

The Trump administration had demanded on August 20 that the Security Council restore UN sanctions against Iran accusing it of failing to comply with the terms of the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The move was immediately rejected by Britain, France, and Germany, the three US allies who are party to the deal.

According to the agreement between Iran and six major powers, sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted in exchange for it agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons.

Washington pulled out of the deal two years ago but insists on its legal right to trigger a return of sanctions, using the disputed procedure called “snapback.”

All members, except the Dominican Republic, expressed their opposition to the US move, according to Indonesia’s UN ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani.

Read more at Deutsche Welle

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