The “poorly calculated” US push to trigger the so-US snapback mechanism aimed at re-imposing all UN sanctions against Iran, Press TV reported on Thursday.
Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in a series of tweets on Wednesday and Thursday after US President Donald Trump directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the UN Security Council (UNSC) of Washington’s intention to activate the mechanism.
“US is about to make a big mistake which can have extremely negative implications not only for #US but for #UN as a whole. In particular it can become a turning point for such a tool available for UNSC as #sanctions under Chapter Vii of the UN Charter. Very risky adventure,” Ulyanov said.
He also predicted that the US move “will cost a lot” for the UN and the 15-member Security Council, adding, “I think reaction will be negative because this is common sense mockery.”
“Poorly calculated US attempt to trigger #snapback procedure has prompted a lot of recommendations on possible reaction. It is encouraging. People naturally hate common sense mockery and offer concrete ways to overcome it. Civilised int. relations have a good chance to survive,” he added.
The Russian official also challenged the US claim that it remains a participant in the 2015 nuclear deal, citing Trump’s statement in May 2018 on his country’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
““#US claims that it remains a “#JCPOA participant”. Rather illogical, including in the light of the Memorandum of the President of the US dated May 8, 2018 which is entitled “Ceasing US participation in the JCPOA,”” he said.
Ulyanov further underlined the need for the remaining signatories to the JCPOA to exercise prudence in the face of the US efforts to invoke the sanctions “snapback” process.
“In view of US adventurism with snapback the #JCPOA participants should demonstrate wisdom and prudent approach. This relates not only to Russia, China or E-3. A lot depends on the ability of Tehran to provide a responsible and adequate response to the challenge caused be US,” he said.
Pompeo is expected to meet with Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani — UNSC president for August — to submit a complaint about what it calls Iran’s non-compliance with the JCPOA.
This is while the US lacks legal standing to trigger the snapback provision as it is no longer a member of the nuclear accord and already violated UNSC Resolution 2231 that enshrined the JCPOA.
Earlier this month, the US failed in its bid to extend the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, which is set to expire on October 18 under Resolution 2231.