Aug 14, 2020 06:52 UTC
  • Iran urges UNSC to stand up against ‘illegal’ US arms ban

Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York has called on the Security Council to withstand an “illegal” and “ill-intentioned” move by the United States to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

In a press release on Thursday, the Iranian mission said the US draft resolution is aimed at addressing US domestic policy.

According to Press TV, it described the proposed US draft resolution to extend Iran's arms ban as part of the US domestic policy and urged the Security Council to stand firm against the American bid.

“The US draft resolution, presented in gross violation of Security Council Resolution 2231, is aimed at addressing US domestic policy and has nothing to do with maintaining international peace and security,” the mission said.

“The draft resolution undermines the integrity, authority, and credibility of the Security Council; and by extension, the United Nations, multilateralism, the rule of law and diplomacy,” it added.

The embargo is slated to expire in October under UNSC Resolution 2231, which enshrines the 2015 nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — between Iran and six world states — Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the US.

Washington is, however, seeking to keep the arms ban in place through the UNSC resolution, threatening that it would use a provision in the agreement to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Iran if the UN body fails to extend the embargo.

This is while Washington unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018.

“To satisfy its deep addiction to sanctions and to justify its irresponsible behavior in the Council, the United States baselessly accuses Iran of instability in the region,” the Iranian mission’s press release said.

“While its interventions, destructive behavior, divisive policies, and insatiable appetite for exporting its deadly weapons to countries in the region as well as the presence of a large number of its forces in West Asia, their involvement and spreading lies and destructive acts are the main sources of instability, insecurity and human suffering in this region,” it underlined.

The Iranian mission said members of the Security Council are "expected to resist US illegal and ill-intentioned action, to refrain from abusing or manipulating the work of the Security Council, and to demonstrate that the 15-member body is capable of supporting the UN Security Council.