Iran reacted on Sunday (20), asking the world to unite against the “reckless actions” of the United States, and highlighted Washington’s “isolation” when proclaiming the unilateral return of UN sanctions against Tehran.
“We hope that the international community and all countries in the world will oppose these reckless actions by the regime in the White House and speak with a single voice,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news conference. in Tehran.
“The whole world is saying that nothing has changed,” said Khatibzadeh, adding that sanctions are in place only in Secretary Mike Pompeo’s “imaginary world”.
“This is a lot of noise for nothing, and I think these are the most bitter days and hours for the United States,” he added.
Pointing out that the American government is “isolated” and “on the wrong side of history”, Khatibzadeh suggested that the US “return to the heart of the international community, to its commitments, to stop rebelling, and the world will accept it”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also responded on Sunday, condemning the unilateral US declaration.
“The illegitimate actions and actions of the United States, by definition, cannot have international legal consequences for other countries,” the Russian Chancellery said in a statement.
An ally of Iran, Moscow accused the United States of making a “theatrical” decision and insisted that Washington’s statements “do not correspond to reality”.
“The world is not an American video game,” says the Russian Ministry.
“In August, we all said clearly that this maneuver is illegitimate. Is Washington deaf?” Tweeted Dmitri Polianski, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN.
“It is very painful to see a large country humbling itself and opposing, in a stubborn delusion, the other members of the UN Security Council,” he added.
‘Resumption’ of sanctions
Yesterday, Saturday (19), the United States unilaterally announced that the UN sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish its violators. The measure risks increasing its isolation, as well as international tensions.
“Today, the United States welcomes the resumption of virtually all previously sanctioned UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday.
According to him, the measures “came back into effect” after 8:00 pm, in Washington, DC time (9:00 pm in Brasília).
Donald’s government Trump he also promised to “impose consequences” on any UN member state that fails to comply with the sanctions, despite being one of the only countries in the world to consider them in force.
The threat is enormous: those who are considered violators by Washington will be denied access to the American financial system and markets.
“If UN member states fail to comply with their obligations to enforce these sanctions, the United States is willing to use its national authorities to impose consequences for these non-compliances and to ensure that Iran does not benefit from the activity prohibited by the UN,” declared Pompeo .
The secretary added that, in the coming days, measures will be announced against “offenders”.
45 days from the November elections, Trump he could announce these measures during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Washington is practically alone: the other great powers, Russia, China, but also the European allies of the Americans, question this statement.
“Any decision, or action, taken with a view to reimposing (the sanctions) will be unable to have a legal effect,” said France, Britain and Germany in a joint letter sent on Friday to the Security Council, of which the AFP obtained a copy.
Yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif had already said that the imminent restoration of UN sanctions against his country was a “false declaration” by Washington, which he knows will not happen.
The Iranian minister also said that the international community is the one who must “decide what to do against intimidation” in the face of the United States’ secondary sanctions, guaranteeing that “this will also apply to them one day”.
In mid-August, the Donald government Trump it suffered a resounding setback at the UN Security Council in its attempt to extend the conventional arms embargo against Tehran, which expires in October.