UN rejects the extension of weapons embargo on Iran – President Trump threatens to trigger snapback

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UN Security Council has blatantly rejected the U.S proposal to extend Iranians Weapons embargo. After the rejection Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a summit of world leaders to discuss the ongoing Iran tensions however when asked if Trump would join over, he dismissed it saying he probably would not participate.

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran said that the U.S has suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council. “This day will go down in the history of our Iran and in the history of fighting global arrogance,” said Rouhani. Abbad Mousavi, the foreign ministry spokesman mockingly tweeted “In the 75 years of United Nations history, America has never been so isolated.” Eleven members including Russia, France, China, Germany, and the UK opposed extending the weapons ban while only the U.S and the Dominican Republic were in favor of the ban.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also not in the support of the UN’s decision to lift the weapons ban. As per him the Iranian terrorism and aggression is a threat to the peace of the region and the entire world. Instead of encouraging them, the Security Council should oppose the sale of weapons.

President Trump has announced that he will use a provision of the 2015 nuclear deal that happened between Iran and the world powers in order to trigger a Snapback of international sanctions against Iran. “We will be doing a Snapback, you’ll be watching next week,” said Trump.

As per Jarret Blanc, a former US department official who was a part of Iran nuclear deal, the consequences of Trump’s intentions of Snapback could cost a ruinous loss of UNSC authority and that will possibly affect the position of US in the world. “Trump’s Administration is not too worried about any damage done to the country rather than to its own ambition” he claimed.

Conclusion:

The official ban on conventional arms on Iran is due to expire on October 18 under the terms of resolution of the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”. The United States called for an indefinite extension of the embargo on Iran. However, as per the diplomats, such a step would threaten the nuclear deal. As per Iran, it has the right to self-defense and if the embargo was extended on them then it would clearly mean the end of the nuclear agreement. Even though European allies of the US were in favor of the extension of the embargo on Iran their priority remained saving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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