News ID: 273461
Published: 0658 GMT August 28, 2020

Iran: Sanctions snap back just in Pompeo’s ‘alternative parallel universe’

Iran: Sanctions snap back just in Pompeo’s ‘alternative parallel universe’
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Iran mocked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for claiming that the UN Security Council’s sanctions will return against Tehran in September as desired by Washington noting that would not be the case regarding the existing disagreement of other members of the council with the US move.

“13 members, incl. President of UNSC have declared that America has NO legal standing in the first place to recourse to 2231, as it's not a JCPOA participant.

“The clock is ticking just in Pompeo's parallel alternate universe! This happens when an ex-spymaster leads US diplomacy,” Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry tweeted on Thursday night.

He added, “The clock is ticking just in Pompeo's parallel alternate universe! This happens when an ex-spymaster leads US diplomacy,” referring to Pompeo’s position at the CIA between 2017 and 2018.

Khatibzadeh made the comments after Pompeo claimed on Thursday that the coercive measures will automatically “return on September 20.”

The bans would be reinstated if the UNSC were not to be presented with a resolution to waive the sanctions, Pompeo said, adding that even if a Security Council member chose to forward such a resolution, Washington would use its veto power to strike it down, Press TV reported.

Khatibzadeh said that since last week, when Pompeo “notified” the UN secretariat that the US was launching a bid to have the sanctions restored, Washington has been snubbed by the overwhelming majority of the Security Council’s membership, namely 13 countries.

China has said Pompeo’s letter to the secretariat did not qualify as a “notification.” This, Beijing noted, was because the US had lost the right to have the sanctions restored as it has left the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that includes the “snapback” mechanism Washington is trying to invoke.

Washington’s main European allies -- the UK, France, and Germany -- also said the campaign runs counter to efforts to preserve the nuclear agreement that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran and the nuclear agreement’s remaining signatories have also reminded the US that by leaving the deal, Washington has, by extension, lost all of its rights to seek recourse to UNSC Resolution 2231 that endorses the JCPOA.

 

   
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