Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said any US attempt to extend an arms embargo against Iran would run counter to the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
In an interview with IRNA on Wednesday, Takht Ravanchi slammed the US’ claim about being still a participant of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as an unprecedented historical joke.
He said that with its unilateral exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) two years ago, the United States violated its commitments under the 2015 multilateral accord and a subsequent UNSC Resolution 2231 as well.
“The US is now planning to extend an arms embargo which was unfairly imposed on Iran and is due to be lifted in October under the terms of the UNSC Resolution 2231,” Takht Ravanchi underlined, as quoted by Tasnim news agency.
The ambassador added that the US is reportedly seeking to do so by passing another resolution, which he said will be in violation of the UNSCR 2231.
The US itself is a violator of a UN resolution, Takht Ravanchi said, adding, “It is unprecedented in the history of the United Nations that a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which has passed a resolution, violates the resolution itself, and also encourages other countries to violate it.”
Later in a tweet on Thursday, the envoy argued that Washington’s new efforts to pressure Iran through Resolution 2231 is futile, according to Mehr news agency.
He pointed to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who “claims that based on UNSCR 2231, the US is a ‘participant’, whereas 2231 refers to ‘JCPOA Participants’.”
“He omits ‘JCPOA’ ref, since on May 8, 2018, his boss declared ‘ceasing US participation in JCPOA’. As such, the US has NO legal argument to be ‘participant’.”
Source: Iranian media