WASHINGTON: Despite overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, insisted that the United States will enforce new ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran starting next week.
In a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Pompeo said “The United States will do what it always does. It will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East and it will have ensured by any means possible that those sanctions are enforced”.
Failing to extend an embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran, Pompeo headed to the United Nations to announce the “snapback” of sanctions under a 2015 Security Council resolution last month.
The resolution which would take effect one month afterward, allows any participant in a nuclear accord with Iran negotiated under former president Barack Obama to re-impose sanctions which was pulled out by President Donald Trump, which he has repeatedly denounced. However, Pompeo argues that the United States remains a “participant” as it was listed in the 2015 resolution. The sanctions are authorized by a “valid UN Security Council resolution,” Pompeo said.
Trump has already enforced sweeping unilateral US sanctions on Iran, inflicting a heavy toll in a bid to curb the clerical state’s regional influence. The United Nations has clearly denied the re-imposition of UN sanctions, with 13 of the Security Council’s 15 nations objecting to the US move. The reason that US’s European allies state is that they support extending the arms embargo but want to preserve a diplomatic solution on the nuclear issue, which they see as more important.
“We have always welcomed US and indeed any other efforts to broaden it. Pointed out British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “The means by which we get there, there may be shades of difference but we have handled them… constructively,” he said.
The issue has come to a head less than two months before Trump seeks another term against Democrat Joe Biden, a supporter of the accord that curbed Iran’s nuclear program.