Foreign Policy
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:42
Zarif Warns US Leaders Not to Turn US into Global Laughing Stock
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said American President Donald Trump had better prevent his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from turning the US into a figure of fun in the world, stressing that the UN Security Council has rejected Washington’s request on restoration of Iran’s arms bans.

Zarif advised the US top officials to change their policies vis-à-vis the international community and stop defying global rules and regulations as most of the countries have not accepted the US unilateralism in the UN.

He wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday that the UNSC member states have not surrendered to the US dictate to re-impose Iran’s arms embargo and they intend to live freely.

Iran’s top diplomat went on to say that Mike Pompeo should be stopped before he turns the United States into a laughing stock in the world.

Zarif emphasized that the US leaders’ deceitful measures just backfire so that they themselves are being entrapped.

  The issue with mythomaniacs— who just can't help themselves in their pathological lying—is that they actually get lost in their own web of deceit.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of his state's firm response to any US effort to reinstate the UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran.

“The US failed in forming a coalition against us and it made every attempt in the past month to stand against the removal of arms trade ban on Iran,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Sunday.

“The UN Security Council’s indifference to the US was the best method,” he added.

Rouhani said Iran has always underlined that the only way to speak with the Iranian nation is the language of respect, and added, “As Iran's president, I declare that if the US resorts to bullying and repeats its wrong words that it has reinstated the sanctions, words that no one accepts, and then takes practical steps, it will certainly face our firm response.”

He said that Iran has never surrendered to the US bullying and will continue its present path and course of action.

President Rouhani also addressed the G4+1 (Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany), and said if they comply with their undertakings as envisaged in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran will also fully return to its nuclear deal undertakings.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not unilaterally comply with any agreement whose balance has been disturbed,” he said.

Pompeo claimed that Washington delivered a letter to the UN for snapback invocation against Iran to bring back sanctions in 30 days.

Commenting on restoration of sanctions against Iran, Pompeo added, "We are confident that the trigger mechanism will be implemented against Iran".

This is while, France, Germany and the United Kingdom (E3) announced in a statement that they will not support the US snapback mechanism which is incompatible with the current efforts to support JCPOA.

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 last month 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.

 

 

 

 

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