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Failure to extend Iran arms embargo 'not an option,' says US diplomat after UNSC defeat

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 15 August 2020 8:37 PM

The US ambassador to the United Nations says failure to extend the Iran arms embargo is "not an option," after the country saw its biggest defeat in the UN Security Council ever.

Kelly Craft made comments after Washington was embarrassed at the world body with no other country except the Dominican Republican backing its anti-Iran resolution.

"The United States has acted in good faith throughout this process and made clear to all parties that failure was simply not an option," she said in a statement to the Council.

The US is further trying to use a snapback mechanism embedded within the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump unilaterally quit in 2018.

"Under Resolution 2231, the United States has every right to initiate snapback of provisions of previous Security Council resolutions," Craft claimed. "In the coming days, the United States will follow through on that promise to stop at nothing to extend the arms embargo."

The diplomatic fiasco at the UNSC was, meanwhile, labeled as "disappointing but not surprising," by Trump's National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien.

Speaking to Fox News, he warned that there would be some, "severe measures up at the UN," acknowledging that, "We lost today, but this is not over yet."

Even US traditional allies -- Germany, Britain and France -- abstained from endorsing the resolution, revealing the depth of US alienation on the world stage.

The UK argued that London abstained, "because it was clear that it would not attract the support of the Council and would not represent a basis for achieving consensus"

"Nevertheless, we stand ready to work with Council Members and JCPOA participants to seek a path forward that could secure the support of the Council," further claimed UK ambassador to the UN Jonathan Allen.

This is while other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, argue that the US cannot use the JCPOA's snapback mechanism simply because it is not part of the deal anymore as Trump decided.

"Having withdrawn from the JCPOA, the US is no longer a JCPOA participant and therefore ineligible to demand the Security Council invoke a snapback," Chinese ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun said in a statement. "The overwhelming majority of the Security Council members believe that the US attempt has no legal basis... Should the US insist regardless of international opinion, it is doomed to fail like today."

The arms embargo on Iran is set to expire on October 18 under the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015.

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