The ambassador’s tweeted comments came one day after Chinese Mission to the United Nations termed claims made by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the return of sanctions against Iran as “full of lies,” IRNA reported on Saturday.
"The US demand for invoking a snapback has no legal ground. It is nothing but a political show put on by the US itself. Letters sent by China, Russia, Iran, and others to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) President and E3 foreign minister statement on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) clearly expressed opposition of the international community to the US move," added the Chinese Mission at the UN in a twitter message on Friday.
The reaction was made in response to Pompeo’s claim that Washington is to return all UN sanctions on Iran “at midnight GMT on Sep. 20,” and would sanction any country or entity that opposes to its move.
In order to make the situation clear for the US administration, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a message on his Twitter account on Friday, “Obviously they don't understand law or UN. Maybe they can grasp this: You divorced the JCPOA in 2018. Your name on the marriage certificate is irrelevant.”
He criticized Trump’s administration for threatening its opponents, by saying, “After thrice being rejected by SC, US now threatens "sanctioning anyone & any entity that comes between US" & "its snapback."
The United States is trying to trigger the snapback mechanism in the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite its withdrawal from the accord in May 2018 in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorses the deal.
Iran and the nuclear agreement’s remaining signatories have repeatedly 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.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Thursday mocked Pompeo for his claim about returning of the UN sanctions on Iran by saying in a tweeted message, “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 as the CIA chief between 2017 and 2018.
Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi also deplored the US for threatening UN Security Council’s members, saying Washington’s acts will undermine the Council’s authority.
"#US's unilateralism is undermining UN. Council's authority is on the line," Takht-Ravanchi warned in his tweeted message on Friday.