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Published: 0106 GMT August 18, 2020

US bogged down in self-created quagmire: Zarif

US bogged down in self-created quagmire: Zarif

Russia says US push for snapback illegal

International Desk

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States has made miscalculations in major international issues and has bogged itself down in a self-created quagmire.

The UN Security Council’s move to reject a US-drafted resolution to extend UN arms embargo on Iran on Friday was a result of the latest miscalculation made by the US, Zarif said in a televised interview on Monday night.

He said the UNSC’s rejection was one of the few cases where Europeans did not support Americans, Press TV reported.

“The vote once again showed that even the dead body of the JCPOA [2015 nuclear deal] defeats the US, because member states feel the US is standing against the global community by killing the JCPOA and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” he noted, using the abbreviation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“The Americans showed that they have made a miscalculation and bogged themselves down in a quagmire they had created,” Zarif said.

He stressed that the Americans’ failure at the Security Council was a victory for the Iranian nation, and an indication that American is no longer a superpower.

The UN Security Council on Friday resoundingly defeated the US resolution, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption. Eleven members abstained, including JCPOA members France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes. China and Russia strongly opposed the resolution, but didn’t need to use their vetoes.

The embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran is due to expire on October 18 under the terms of a resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

“The Americans had planned for one and a half years to get the UN arms embargo against Iran extended at the Security Council. They had prepared a resolution with 35 articles since one year ago, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the US secretary of state and Brian Hook visited regional states and Europe to have the resolution passed, but they well showed their failure,” Zarif said.

He said the US finally decided to decrease its 35-article resolution to four paragraphs in order to convince the Security Council to vote for the extension, but all they got was two ‘yes’ votes.


Opposition to US snapback push

US President Donald Trump pledged Saturday to invoke a controversial mechanism known as snapback to unilaterally reinstate all UN sanctions on Iran, a day after the UNSC rejected the American resolution.

“Snapback” was envisioned in the event Iran was proven to be in violation of the 2015 nuclear accord which Trump withdrew from in 2018. But the US claims that it remained part of the UNSC Resolution 2231 that endorsed the deal and still had the right to use the snapback provision.

Zarif on Sunday dismissed the claim, saying the US cannot trigger the "snapback" mechanism.

"The Americans got out of the atomic deal in May 2018 and they know very well that the implementation of the snapback is something illegal and therefore absolutely unacceptable," he said.

The European Union also on Sunday the US cannot be considered a member of the deal.

"Given that the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and has not participated in any JCPOA structures or activities subsequently, the US cannot be considered as a JCPOA participant,” a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Sunday.


Russia stance

Russia’s ambassador to Tehran voiced his country’s opposition to the US snapback push, saying Washington is no more a party to the JCPOA.

“As regards the snapback (mechanism), we have emphasized several times at various levels and have also made it clear for the Americans that this is an illegal attempt,” Levan Jagarian told Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.

“The US has withdrawn from the JCPOA for more than two years and has nothing to do with Resolution 2231, so the US attempt is illegal and has no legal ground,” the ambassador added, hoping that the three European members of the deal would hold the same view.

Jagarian said the UNSC rejection of the US bid indicated that nearly all council members had positive and realistic views.




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