Aug 29, 2020 13:55 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Sep 02, 2020 14:49 Asia/Tehran]
  • US cannot use snapback: senior MP

Tehran (IP) - The head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's parliament said no legal right is preserved for the US to use the snapback mechanism.

Iran PressIran News: The United States is seeking to use the snapback mechanism to reinstate sanctions against Iran after its attempts failed to extend arms embargoes on Iran in the UN Security Council.

In an interview with IRIB news agency on Saturday, Mojtaba Zonnuri said that under the articles 36 and 37 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if either party violates its obligations, the other party can use the trigger mechanism, while the United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 by violating its obligations under the international agreement.

Noting that the US claim has no legal base, Zonnuri noted that Europeans' not siding with the US on the issue is a sign of US' isolation and scandal. 

Following the failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran, and despite its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US tried to invoke the 'snapback mechanism' for resuming sanctions, which legally is reserved only for participating members in the agreement, this is while the US is not considered as a member anymore.

The US decision to try invoking the snapback mechanism was strongly opposed by members of the United Nations Security Council.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement and announced the return of nuclear sanctions, in violation of Washington's commitments under the JCPOA.

Trump's move has drawn widespread domestic and international condemnation.


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