TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The US will definitely suffer another defeat in its desperate attempt to use a mechanism of the 2015 nuclear deal to reinstate the UN sanctions on Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said, noting that the UNSC and the JCPOA members are opposed to Washington’s bid.
Speaking at a Wednesday session of the cabinet, Rouhani said the JCPOA Joint Commission announced explicitly at a Tuesday meeting in Vienna that the US has no right to abuse the JCPOA, from which it withdrew in 2018.
The rotating president of the UN Security Council has also supported Iran against the US’ bid to re-impose the sanctions, the president added, referring to a recent telephone conversation with his Nigerien counterpart.
Despite this global opposition, the US has launched the “futile and childish” initiative to resort to the JCPOA snapback mechanism, Rouhani said. “The US will certainly suffer another defeat at this stage, and the claims that they make are completely unfounded and baseless.”
Highlighting the US’ humiliating defeat at the UN Security Council after its proposed resolution on the extension of an arms embargo on Iran was rejected, the president said anybody familiar with the basics of politics is aware that no party is allowed to resort to an agreement after withdrawal from it.
Last month, 13 countries of the 15-member council rejected the US push to trigger the so-called snapback provision in the 2015 nuclear deal, leaving Washington once again isolated on the issue like never before.
UNSC Resolution 2231, which enshrined the JCPOA, states that if no council member has put forward a draft resolution to extend sanctions relief on Iran within 10 days of a non-compliance complaint, then the body’s president shall do so within the remaining 20 days.
The document, however, says the Security Council would “take into account the views of the states involved.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that all UN sanctions against Iran will be reinstated on September 20 after the US “activated the snapback mechanism.”
However, the claim was strongly condemned by other signatories of the nuclear deal including the EU, Russia and China.