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Attempts to Snap Back Anti-Iran Sanctions to Isolate US Again: Zarif

Attempts to Snap Back Anti-Iran Sanctions to Isolate US Again: Zarif
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By Staff, Agencies

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said attempts by the US administration to snap back the UN sanctions against Tehran will one more time isolate Washington.

“Last night [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo activated the mechanism of returning the annulled Security Council resolutions in his imaginations,” Zarif said in a post on his Instagram account on Friday.

However, he added, at the same time Iran, Russia, China, the European Union, Germany, France, and the UK described the Trump administration’s move as unlawful, futile, and null and voice in separate letters.

“Today, some other members of the Security Council will likely adopt similar stances, and the Trump administration will be isolated and disgraced globally once again,” Zarif said.

“The history of the Security Council does not remember any similar situation,” he noted, referring to a global consensus against US President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, the United States' most prominent Western allies refused to fall into step with its push to snap back the United Nations sanctions against Iran.

The United Kingdom, France, and Germany said they could not support the US move, describing Washington’s action as incompatible with efforts to support the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

The trio announced their position in a statement in response to an illegal US push to invoke the mechanism in the nuclear deal that would restore all of the UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, whose related resolutions were annulled after the agreement was concluded.

Delivering the unilateral US approach its next blow was China’s UN mission that reminded that Washington had itself compromised all of its contractual rights under the nuclear deal.