The United States announced the entry into force of UN sanctions against Iran and promised to punish for non-compliance. At the same time, the UN Security Council did not make such a decision.
“The United States expects all UN member states to fully comply with their commitments to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, they include restrictions such as a ban on Iran from participating in the enrichment and processing of [uranium], a ban on testing and development Iran of ballistic missiles, and sanctions on the transfer of technologies related to the atom and missiles, “- said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Saturday evening.
The US also threatened those countries that would disagree with this decision.
“If UN member states do not fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is ready to use our internal powers to organize the consequences of this failure and to ensure that Iran does not benefit from activities prohibited by the UN,” the secretary of state said.
Disagreement with the US position was expressed in Russia, the European Union and Iran itself.
The UN Security Council blocked a US attempt to return all sanctions against Iran, lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, back in August. Many of the 15 member states then contested the proposal, since the US withdrew from the agreement with Iran two years ago.
The Donald Trump administration has tried to initiate a return to sanctions after the Security Council rejected a draft US resolution that would indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran. The current ban expires in mid-October.
Under the nuclear deal, a group of world powers – China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States and Germany – have eased sanctions against Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear activities. Iran thus intended to prove that it is not developing nuclear weapons.