Jun 30, 2020 12:14 UTC
  • US to witness another show of intl. support for Iran deal at UNSC: Takht-Ravanchi

Iran’s envoy to United Nations (UN) Majid Takht-Ravanchi on Tuesday in an interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said the US attempts to extend a United Nations arms embargo against Tehran are a blatant violation of Resolution 2231, adding that during the upcoming Security Council meeting, Washington will once again witness global support for the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal and the resolution that endorsed it.

According to reports, he made the comments when asked about Tuesday's Security Council session, which is to discuss the expiration in October of the arms ban against Iran.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is also slated to address the session, which will be held via videolink.

“Americans will once again hear the support of the UN Security Council and the international community for the JCPOA and Resolution 2231,” Takht-Ravanchi said, using the acronym for the Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Takht-Ravanchi added the international community is, in general, willing to preserve the Iran deal and the related UNSC resolution, adding both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and many world leaders have reiterated their support for both.

This is indicative of the widespread global opposition to the hostile US stance, he said.

Criticizing Washington for its decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, the Iranian official said it was “unprecedented” for a permanent member of the UNSC to act against a resolution spearheaded by itself.

“What is worse is that the US is seeking to punish countries that are implementing that document. This signals [an attempt] to create chaos in international order, something long sought by the Americans.”

The official said the Americans only want to advance their own interests even if they run counter to international law.

“Their (Americans) main objective behind seeking to extend the arms embargo on Iran is to destroy the JCPOA and they know that the UNSC is not buying it,” said Takht-Ravanchi.

He further censured a recent anti-Iran resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors, saying it had no legal basis

Takht-Ravanchi said adopting such a resolution was a politically-motivated move in line with the US push to put more pressure on Iran.

Iran’s envoy rejected the IAEA resolution as unacceptable, saying it was passed despite Tehran's full cooperation with the agency.