Guterres says he cannot act on UN-Iran sanctions due to ‘uncertainty’: Report

UNITED NATIONS, 20 Sep — Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has expressed his inability to act against a US statement that all UN sanctions against Iran have been imposed due to an apparent “uncertainty” over the issue, according to a media report.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran were “in force again” under a “snapback” mechanism set out in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
“There seems to be uncertainty as to whether the process has been started or not, and at the same time whether the (sanctions) terminations are in force or not,” Guterres wrote in a letter to the UN Security Council, according to a Reuters news agency.
In its statement, Pompeo also warned the UN member states with ‘consequences’ if they refuse to impose the sanctions.
“If UN member states do not meet their obligations to apply these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for these failures and to ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of the UN ban. activity, “he said.
The top US diplomat “informed” the UN Secretariat last month that Washington was implementing the mechanism.
However, other signatories to the nuclear deal claim that the US procedure has no legal consequences because Washington abandoned the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018.
“It is not for the Secretary-General to proceed as if there is no such uncertainty,” the UN chief added in his remarks, which coincided with the deadline set by Washington.
Thirteen of the 15 members of the Security Council say the move by Washington is null and void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a nuclear deal in 2015 between Iran and world powers, which ended the United States in 2018.
UN officials provide administrative and technical support to the Security Council to implement its sanctions regimes and Guterres appoints independent experts to monitor implementation.
Guterres said he, pending clarification on the status of the Iran sanctions, would not take any action to provide the support.
Meanwhile, Iran’s UN ambassador, Majid Takht Ravanchi, tweeted: “Illegal and false ‘deadline’ in the US has come and gone … Swimming against international currents will only give it more isolation.”
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said on Twitter: “We all made it clear in August that the US claims to activate snapback are illegal. Is Washington deaf? ”
In August, the Security Council rejected a US resolution calling for an end to the Islamic Republic’s embargo on the Islamic Republic in October.
China and Russia strongly opposed the resolution and eleven countries withdrew their votes on the concept, which was supported only by the Dominican Republic.

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