SHAFAQNA – United Nations Security Council diplomats should review Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at a coming high-level meeting in New York, according to a senior Russian diplomat.
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said the Iran meeting should focus on the implementation of a 2015 resolution on Iran. The United States holds the council presidency for September and has been pushing, with little success, to pass resolutions against Iran.
Russia hopes the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal will be discussed at a United Nations Security Council’s high-level meeting on Iran, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on Tuesday, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s decision to chair the meeting.
“I would like to note that we are aware of the plans to organize a high-level meeting on September 26. We hope very much aspects linked with the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program) will be tackled,” he said, adding that Iran-related topics could be discussed only in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 passed in support of the JCPOA.
US President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, Free Malaysia Today reported.
Following this statement, several sources told TASS that Iran would be in focus of the meeting.
Accusing Iran of meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen
The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the Security Council to call out Iran. Haley has regularly attacked Iran, accusing it of meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen.
Haley told reporters Trump was chairing the meeting “to address Iran’s violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region.”
With the United States now holding the presidency of the Security Council, Haley said the aim was to put further pressure on Tehran over its alleged violations of council resolutions, Journal du Cameroun reported.
Iran could request to speak at the Sept. 26 meeting
Diplomats said Iran could request to speak at the Sept. 26 meeting, the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to address the assembly on Sept. 25. The Iranian UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Haley said the United States would not object to Rouhani speaking.
Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused US President Donald Trump of trying to hijack the United Nations Security Council for the purposes of “bullying others” to turn against Tehran.
That meeting is expected to focus on Iran, but Polyansky’s comments suggest a desire to hijack the forum to fight Trump’s policies, Washington Examiner reported.
Further sanctions are to come into effect from November 5
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation.
Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the deal, saying it leaves Iran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb by passing all the restrictions.
He warned the United States would reinstate its old anti-Iranian sanctions and would imposed new ones.
The first round of sanctions covering Iran’s automotive sector and trade in gold and metals was re-imposed overnight to August 7. Further sanctions are to come into effect from November 5.
Meanwhile, other signatories to the deal – Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom – have condemned the United States’ move and reiterated their commitment to the JCPOA. The European Union has activated its Blocking Regulation to protect its companies from the effects of the US extra-territorial sanction against Iran.
In August, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a team to spearhead the Trump administration’s policies towards on Iran called the Iran Action Group, Sputniknews reported.
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