The United States continues to mislead the international community by speculating on the issue of restoring sanctions against Iran. This is stated on September 20 in the official commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“Of course, the Americans understand that their statements are not true. That is why the United States, as usual, threatens to subject all those who disagree with them to sanctions and other punishments. Apparently, there are no other arguments left in American foreign policy. <…> Everything that Washington is doing is nothing more than a theatrical performance, “the statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website on September 20 says.
The ministry is convinced that the United States is fully aware of the fact that having withdrawn from the “nuclear deal” two years ago and renewed unilateral sanctions against Tehran, they have dropped international norms.
“To claim now that the sanctions resolutions against Iran have been restored is wishful thinking. We hope that our American colleagues will have the courage to finally face the truth and stop speaking on behalf of the UN Security Council. Illegitimate initiatives and actions of the United States, by definition, cannot have international legal consequences for other countries and lead to the emergence of obligations to restrict legitimate cooperation with Iran, ”the Foreign Ministry added.
Earlier in the day, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the resumption of UN sanctions against Iran, despite the fact that the organization itself does not agree with this.
At the same time, at the end of August, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that most members of the organization’s Security Council did not support the US attempt to restore sanctions against Iran.
UN Security Council sanctions against Iran were lifted after the signing of the Joint Action Plan (JCPOA) in 2015 and Tehran’s abandonment of its nuclear program. Three years later, the American side withdrew from the treaty, restored some sanctions against Iran and introduced new ones, and the President of the Islamic Republic, Hassan Rouhani, announced that Tehran was suspending some of its obligations under the nuclear deal.