Aug 12, 2020 16:50 UTC
  •  Zarif: US attempts to extend Iran's arms embargo, invoke sanctions snapback mechanism will go nowhere

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday said the illegal US resolution seeking to extend an arms embargo against the Islamic Republic will not clinch support at the UN Security Council, stressing that Washington has no legal right to invoke a snapback mechanism to reinstate the illegal sanctions on Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal that the US unilaterally left in 2018.

According to Press TV, he said, "Legally speaking, the United States is no position to use the snapback [mechanism]. The three European allies of the United States also explicitly stated at a previous meeting of the UN Security Council that the United States could not use this mechanism."

Regarding the US efforts to convene a Security Council meeting to extend Iran's arms embargo, due to expire on October 18 under the terms of the landmark nuclear deal, Zarif said the Americans have been consulting with the whole world on a "very long, sharp-worded and far-fetched" resolution on some issues for about three months.

The top Iranian diplomat said the Americans did their best and traveled to various countries at the highest levels of the State Department, including the secretary of state himself, during the coronavirus outbreak, but they have failed to garner support for the resolution.

Zarif then pointed to a reported watered down new resolution by the US, which is said to comprise fewer terse paragraphs in place of the earlier 13-page draft circulated among members.

He said the US administration has no respect for the intelligence of others and thinks that if they change an article from five pages to five lines, members of the Security Council would think that the content of the article has changed.

Zarif rejected the illegal US draft resolution and said that Washington wants to use the mechanism of the Security Council to destroy the council itself.

"This resolution will not secure the votes and even the number of votes will be very small. It is almost certain that we will not see a new resolution," he added.

He said that in the days leading up to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), former US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who architected and engineered the US withdrawal from the agreement, explicitly said his country had left the accord and thus had no right to use the snapback mechanism.

"If the United States makes the snapback work, the move is devoid of any legal value, and any result from this snapback will be deemed worthless and will have no effect in the eyes of anyone," he said.