The Trump Administration is calling for the restoration of all UN sanctions against Iran—while China and Russia call out the US for speaking for the UN and acting beyond its legal limits…
The Trump Administration is now calling for the restoration of all UN sanctions against Iran, and it is moving to take action against anyone who does not comply. As the UN General Assembly kicked off its high level meetings, President Trump declared through an executive order that the US will sanction, “Any person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, to engage in any activity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer, directly or indirectly, to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, of arms or related materiel, including spare parts.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also made an announcement, saying, “Today, I will take the first action under this new executive order by sanctioning the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, and Iran’s defense industries organization and its director. We’re also sanctioning the previous president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. For nearly two years, corrupt officials in Tehran have worked with the illegitimate regime of Venezuela to flout the UN Arms Embargo.”
The US appears to be using every tool possible to maximize its pressure campaign against Iran and its allies.
Iran’s currency took another hit following the news, after it has already lost half of its value this year alone. Iranian President Rouhani spoke out, and warned that he plans to “Stands up to the bullying of America.”
“As the president of Iran, today I want to announce that if America uses its bullying—as it inaccurately insists that it has been able to resume resolutions, something that nobody accepts—and takes an action and does something in practice, it will have to face our decisive response,” Rouhani said.
He also noted that the US itself could end up being the country that is isolated, because other nations, such as China and Russia, are opposed to an increase in sanctions against Iran.
Despite Washington’s claim that all UN sanctions are restored, other countries that are part of the nuclear deal have said they have no plans to comply. A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry accused the US of acting beyond its legal limits. “The United States only follows international law when it finds it convenient to do so. Not only does it not follow law itself, but also threatens to use illegal unilateral sanctions to coerce other countries. This arrogant approach has already met with wide dissatisfaction and opposition from the international community,” said Wang Wenbin.
Russian Foreign Ministry Russia’s Foreign Ministry also released a statement, in which it said, “To claim now that sanctions resolutions against Iran have been restored is wishful thinking. We hope that US colleagues will be brave enough to finally face the truth and stop speaking on behalf of the UN Security Council.”
The timing is incredibly notable here because we are now weeks away from Election Day, and Trump has campaigned on taking a tough stance on Iran. The UN Secretary General said that the UN will not take any actions against Iran until he hears from the council. Certainly, more to come.