Aug 21, 2020 10:19 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 29, 2020 14:45 Asia/Tehran]
  • We do not support US action on trigger mechanism stated E3
    We do not support US action on trigger mechanism stated E3

The Three European member states of the UN Security Council have issued a statement saying that they do not support US action to use the snapback mechanism against Iran.

Iran PressEurope: According to the statement, the United States wrote a letter to the United Nations Security Council on 20 August requesting that the snapback mechanism be activated, according to which one of the JCPOA participants can demand the reinstatement of multilateral sanctions that were lifted in 2015 under Resolution 2231.

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom (the E3) noted in this statement: "The US ceased to be a participant to the JCPOA following its withdrawal from the deal on 8 May 2018. Our position regarding the effectiveness of the US notification pursuant to resolution 2231 has consequently been very clearly expressed to the Presidency and all UNSC members. We cannot, therefore, support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPOA."

"The E3 are committed to preserving the processes and institutions which constitute the foundation of multilateralism. We remain guided by the objective of upholding the authority and integrity of the United Nations Security Council. We call on all UNSC members to refrain from any action that would only deepen divisions in the Security Council or that would have serious adverse consequences on its work," the statement added.

"As we have already underlined, including in our 19 June statement, we have serious concerns regarding the implications for regional security of the scheduled expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo, particularly given Iran’s destabilizing activities, which continue unabated. The E3 are determined to bring adequate answers to these challenges and will continue to work with all UNSC members and stakeholders to seek a path forward that preserves space for further diplomacy. Our efforts will be guided by the need to uphold the authority and integrity of the UN Security Council and to advance regional security and stability.", the statement noted while did not mention Iran's full adherence to its commitments in JCPOA and European failure to comply with their obligations vis-a-vis Iran.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New York on Thursday evening to meet with Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Triansyah Djani, who also chairs the Security Council, to discuss the Trump administration's request to reinstate Security Council sanctions against Iran.

During the meeting, which was accompanied by the resigned US representative regarding Iran affairs Brian Hook, Pompeo presented a letter signed by Kelly Craft, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, claiming that Iran had not fulfilled its obligations and also has violated the arms ban.

Earlier, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a letter to the chairman of the United Nations Security Council, rejected the illegal action of the United States to abuse the mechanisms contained in the nuclear agreement to revive sanctions on Iran and stressed that the United States has no right to do so and therefore this US move must be rejected by the Council and the international community.

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