“What is going on in the arena of US foreign policy with regards to the snapback mechanism is actually an effort to pull Iran into new playground to provide Washington with more options,” Rabiyee said on Saturday, adding that Iran will gain another victory and the US will taste another defeat.
Iranian government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee
“A decade ago, one couldn’t believe to see the US so isolated that even its European allies reject Washington’s unlawful demands,” he noted.
Rabiyee further said that it is even more unbelievable to see consensus at the UN Security Council to save an agreement whose pivotal point is Iran.
“The remarks made by the US Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo] claiming that all the previous UNSC sanctions on Iran will be revived and threatening other countries to follow the US is another defamatory move for Washington,” the spokesman went on to say.
“The warmongers that want to deflect public opinion from Donald Trump’s malfeasance are looking for a new adventure,” he continued.
“We are not worried about the snapback. We should strengthen the resistance to make the US more isolated,” Rabiyee stated.
US President Donald Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade, but to no avail since its "so-called maximum pressure policy" has failed to push Tehran to the negotiating table.
In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.
Tehran has particularly been disappointed with failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.
On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments, and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium or research and development.
Now the US has stepped up attempts aimed at extending the UN arms ban on Iran that is set to expire as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which has been endorsed by Security Council Resolution 2231.
The US first sought to extend the Iran's arms embargo in a fresh UNSC resolution in contradiction to the contents of the Resolution 2231 in two attempts within a month, but failed.
The United Nations Security Council resoundingly rejected on Friday the second US bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire in October.
The resolution needed support from nine of 15 votes to pass. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only “yes” votes.
The United States has become isolated over Iran at the Security Council following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the multilateral Iran nuclear deal 2018.
Iran had said that the US resolution would fail to gain the required support at the Security Council, pointing out that Washington has no legal right to invoke a snapback mechanism to reinstate sanctions against Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal that the US unilaterally left in May 2018.
In relevant remarks in August this year, Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Bayeedinejad said the United Nations Security Council one more time showed Washington’s isolation in the global arena.
Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Bayeedinejad
"Today, chairman of the Security Council, in response to the question that what measure will the body take regarding a US bid to return sanctions against Iran, said that since many of the UNSC members bear a quite opposite view against that of a single member, there is no consensus on the issue; hence, no measure is envisaged against the US bid. Prorogation," Bayeedinejad tweeted on Wednesday August 26.
Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, as the rotating chairman of the Security Council, dismissed on August 24 the US effort to re-impose all UN sanctions against Iran due to a lack of consensus in the 15-member body over such a move.
He made the comment in response to a question by Russian and Chinese envoys on the issue during a meeting of the council on Monday August 24.